It sure looked that way, but it’s good to have some confirmation:
The Obamacare Supreme Court ruling seemed strange. Chief Justice John Roberts’ reasoning was incoherent. The conservative’s dissent read like it was originally meant to be a majority opinion. Now, we know why. According to Jan Crawford of CBS News, John Roberts switched sides in May, withstanding a “one-month campaign” from his conservative colleagues to change his mind.
“I have sources that say Roberts initially sided with conservatives to strike down the individual mandate,” said Crawford on CBS’ Face the Nation. “Roberts, I’m told by my sources, switched sides. There was a one-month campaign to bring Roberts back into the conservative fold, led, ironically, by Anthony Kennedy.”
This, I believe, is why the conservatives’ dissent was not harshly critical of Roberts: they were trying to win him back over.
Interesting. And crackerjack work by Jan Crawford, as always.