A day on, liberals are still busy celebrating, conservatives are fulminating, and the pundits are issuing instant judgments, many of which have about as much foundation as a dissent from Samuel Alito. On CNN, for example, Gloria Berger [sic] echoed the G.O.P. line that yesterday’s ruling would turn November’s election into a referendum on Obamacare, while David Gergen doubted whether Mitt Romney would be able to ride this old nag all the way to the White House.
Gergen is the most ancient catamite in DC for the Democrat cause, but Gloria Borger [TNY's fact-checking has fallen to dismal depths] remains one of the few honest journalists in the swamp by the Potomac. Cassidy even accuses the over-the-hill spavined nag Hertzberg as being clever, when Ricky accuses John Roberts of being a "Burke, not a burka." Here's how Cassidy ends his witless diatribe:
Romney, whose campaign is partly dependent on the enthusiasm and ground work of conservative activists, still can’t stray too far from right-wing dogma—as evidenced by his failure to offer Hispanic voters anything positive on immigration reform. But if Romney were to reach the Oval Office, he would probably follow a strategy similar to Roberts’s, espousing conservative views but, when it came to acting rather than talking, hewing to the center on some big issues. My colleague Ryan Lizza has already pointed out that his pledge to repeal Obamacare beginning on the first day of his Administration is largely a political ploy. With the G.O.P. all but certain not to gain a sixty-vote majority in the Senate, there is virtually no prospect of the upper house voting to repeal health-care reform. The same thing applies to other policy proposals close to conservatives’ hearts, such as repealing the Dodd-Frank financial-reform bill and privatizing social security.
With the gridlock on Capitol Hill all but sure to continue, Romney would be in much the same spot that Obama has been in since 2010: reduced to negotiating with his enemies on the big issues—the deficit, taxes, and also health care—while introducing some relatively minor polices he can enact through executive fiat. I suspect that Romney might even like being penned in. As long as the Democrats have a blocking minority in the Senate, he would have a ready-made excuse for why he can’t start dismantling entitlement programs and shutting down entire government departments. As with Roberts’s tenure at the high court, the general tenor of a Romney Presidency would be conservative, but he would end up disappointing some of the ultras.
With two out of three Senate seats up for grabs being Democrat this year, the GOP can gain up to twelve seats out of the twenty-two fungible Dem seats. Nelson in FL looks very vulnerable to Connie Mack, for instance. While Gergen serves as a silly tea boy to the Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosi's of DC, not to mention THE WON, perhaps he should work on his golf handicap if he expects to get any face time for a second Obama disaster.