Lt. Barney Greenwald: Mr Keefe I would like to ask you if you have ever heard the expression: “Old Yellowstain?
Court Reporter: Would you repeat that please?
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Old-Yellow-Stain
Ens. Willis Keith: Yes sir I’ve heard it.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: Was it a nickname?
Ens. Willis Keith: Yes, for Captian Queeg.
Lt. Barney Greenwald: What did it imply?
Ens. Willis Keith: It implied cowardice
The Caine Mutiny 1954
When the Robert’s Court’s decision came out and I noted Roxeanne’s post on the subject I tweeted the following:
Some of the conservatives, such as Justice Clarence Thomas, deliberately avoid news articles on the Court when issues are pending (and avoid some publications altogether, such as The New York Times). They’ve explained that they don’t want to be influenced by outside opinion or feel pressure from outlets that are perceived as liberal.
But Roberts pays attention to media coverage. As Chief Justice, he is keenly aware of his leadership role on the Court, and he also is sensitive to how the Court is perceived by the public.
There were countless news articles in May warning of damage to the Court – and to Roberts’ reputation – if the Court were to strike down the mandate. Leading politicians, including the President himself, had expressed confidence the mandate would be upheld.
Some even suggested that if Roberts struck down the mandate, it would prove he had been deceitful during his confirmation hearings, when he explained a philosophy of judicial restraint.
It was around this time that it also became clear to the conservative justices that Roberts was, as one put it, “wobbly,” the sources said.
So you have a judge who decided not to base his decision on the arguments in court but on MSM media pressure and such pressure, now rewarded will only increase in the future cases.
If this is how things are going to be done on the high court why bother to sequester a jury? Why should they be expected to be held to a higher standard than the chief justice of the land?
A person has the right to change their mind based on facts, but a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court changing his mind based on pleasing the NYT or MSNBC et/al is the most dishonorable thing I’ve heard of in public service. It’s a stain on the court, a Yellow Stain.
Bottom line the question has been answered: Blue Eyed Hottie out, John Roberts old Yellowstain it is!
May you be happy in the choice you have made.
Update: This of course doesn’t make it any less a disaster electorally for the Democrats.
But if conservative anger continues to grow, Romney will have a real opportunity to channel that intensity into support for his campaign — if he will make absolutely clear, in forceful language, that he believes the Supreme Court decision was wrong and that he will redouble his determination to repeal Obamacare.
Update 2: Memeorandum thread
Update 3: Hotair speaks
This story may be true in its entirety, or at least in part, but there are a couple of things which have me holding back on it. First, it relies entirely on two “unnamed sources” which always throws up a red flag. And when it’s something this juicy regarding proceedings which are normally held closer to the vest than anything else in the nation, I have to wonder.
Second – as you’ll find out after you read through all the tawdry details – this is a dream story for CBS or anyone looking to derail conservatives. It’s got all the elements of a Victorian bodice-ripper: alliances, denials, betrayal, and most importantly it features prominent national conservative figures fighting with each other. The breathless entry about the rest of the “conservative justices” telling Roberts “you’re on your own” is the stuff of liberal journalistic legend.
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