This was a paradigmatic statesmanlike decision, one that will help preserve the Court’s institutional stature.
Today was a great day for constitutional principle, not such a great day for sound health care policy.
It’s enormously gratifying that the Chief Justice, who once was one of my star students in constitutional law and whose views count while of course mine don’t, saved the day — and perhaps the Court, whose place as a legal institution had begun to fall into dangerous disrepute.
The end product was — not to put too fine a point on it — brilliant. It is brilliant in a way that parallels another landmark decision, Marbury v. Madison.