Opening Act: Breakin’ the Law

Interesting Josh Gerstein look at the next act of John Roberts.

Some liberals contend that Roberts’s surprise crossover on the health care law has given him a free hand to craft and sign onto a slew of conservative opinions next year without suffering much of a public drubbing from Democrats and the press. With one major case, Roberts may have inoculated himself and the court against charges of partisanship.

Well – interesting, but I’m not sure how it matters. Yes, new polling on the court shows that Democrats have fallen in goopy, storybook love with the judges, and Republicans have been nursing broken hearts. But won’t that change in five seconds if the court strikes down (random example) affirmative action?

Anderson Cooper came out yesterday, and this was the most intriguing part of his essay.

For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.

A famous TV journalist with an ever-present crew will always have some trouble blending. And while I can’t imagine foreign states moving to arrest him, doesn’t this add a level of danger for Cooper if he reports in Malaysia (up to 20 years in prison for sodomy), or Yemen (flogging or death) or the future site of the World Cup., Qatar (five years)?

And today’s early must-read, a look at how the nascent GOP governors’ rebellion agaisnt Medicaid money will affect hospitals, comes from Jeffrey Young.