Roberts Blackmail Plot!

Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed?

His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases.

His evidence?

Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacareagain – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely destroyed evidence of a crime.

Is the idea implausible that this same Obama administration that orders IRS attacks, then orders destruction of key evidence, would stop at nothing to save Obama’s signature achievement?

Well, then.  A more ironclad argument could not have been made!

This leads to my favorite sentence of the week (perhaps the month):

Is it impossible to believe that Obama and his socialist cabal that learned from Saul Alinsky that “the ends justify the means” would hold something over a Supreme Court justice’s head?

I will confess to having LOL’d after reading that one.

The whole column (which I read only because a friend sent it me in hopes of amusing me) goes on like that and ends with: “The Obama Crime Family is in charge.”  (Italics are Root’s).

Since I read this piece after the SSM ruling was handed down I couldn’t help but think that the Obama cabal is lousy at its job, since Roberts did not vote with the majority on that one.  Further, what kind of crime families can only get to a measly one Justice?  Sure, leave a few to show some token resistance, but why not some 7-2 and 8-1 votes?  And what kind of socialist cabal worth its salt can’t get TPA through Congress?

I know, as the saying goes, grifters gotta grift, but I really do wonder about the psychological state of some of the people who produce political commentary in this country (and others, if you want to be fair).   A more disturbing thought, however, is that there is an audience for this stuff.



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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    If anyone could be the target of blackmail it would be Scalia. Judging from his last few dissenting opinions he is obviously coming down with dementia.

  2. Root is, well, I don’t have many words to describe him that are fit for airing in a forum where children might be around.

  3. CSK says:

    This is a favorite obsession of the fringe. Roberts is being blackmailed. McConnell is being blackmailed. Boehner is being blackmailed.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Don’t discount this so easily. At the last Central Committee meeting there were whispers about Roberts, a goat, and video.

  5. Gustopher says:

    @CSK: And Harry Reid stood up the the mob, and was savagely beaten for it.

  6. grumpy realist says:

    Speaking of blackmail….expect a bit of a ruckus with the Euro on Monday. Tsipras has pulled out his double-secret-extry-double-axel-genius plan to keep Greece from cratering and called for a referendum on July 5th as to whether to “accept” or “deny” the troika’s offer, along with a few choice words about blackmail and violation of European human rights. Exactly what is going to be on the referendum is going to be interesting, because the troika’s reaction was: “well, we guess that was a refusal of our offer, so it’s not even out there anymore.” Tsipras et al also asked for an extension of the bailout beyond the final deadline of June 30th, to which all the other finance ministers of the EU have said: “you knew there was a final deadline, you knew it for 5 months, so what’s this “extend and pretend” stuff, pray? And by the way, NO!”

    I swear, I have never seen a country so throughly screw up negotiations as Greece has. So prepare for Grexit.

  7. Gustopher says:

    Since I read this piece after the SSM ruling was handed down I couldn’t help but think that the Obama cabal is lousy at its job, since Roberts did not vote with the majority on that one.

    You are ignoring the insidious of the Obama Crime Family (does that include the kids?) — Roberts wanted to vote for marriage equality, he wanted to be on the right side of history, but Obama made him vote the other way, and write the dissent, just out of spite.

    The only question is which Obama. I’m betting it was Malia “Alinsky” Obama. Is it just coincidence that her name contains the first three letters of “Alinsky”? I think not.

    The theory that she was named after noted Muslim convert Muhammad Ali aka M. Ali, which becomes Mali, with an extra A for Alinsky… That theory is probably crazy though.

  8. walt moffett says:
  9. humanoid.panda says:

    @grumpy realist: Nice recap, but you forgot to mention one thing: Tsipras was willing to give the EU 95% of what they wanted, and they said no. The whole purpose of the exercise is to push Greece and show the swarthy Middle Easterners that the Teutons won’t be pushed. Blaming the Greeks here is seriously misplaced.

  10. Argon says:

    Oh, “Root”…
    For a second there I thought the guy’s last name was “Roof”.

  11. Argon says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Doug, any child that would find this forum and read through the articles is probably already fluent in sailor-speak. I would describe the child as ‘precocious’, much like Tatum O’Neal’s character in the movie ‘Paper Moon’.