Someone sent me this screen shot from yesterday’s coverage and asked how I was able to join Chief Justice John Roberts in discussing the health care ruling. Frankly, I thought arriving at the studio in his robe was a bit much but I appreciate his participation in the coverage. It is, however, a bit unfair to reply to analysis by your co-panelist with “well, that is not what I meant.” I think I have a slightly better handle on his own intentions, fears, and feelings after doing this type of work for a couple decades. Indeed, I have been known to go into a deep trance on television and channel the thoughts of James Madison (as well as Thomas Paine’s bartender).
It was a busy day Thursday. I began in MSNBC then went to Fox (Special Report) and then finished with Piers Morgan at CNN with stops in between for NPR segments. It was fun to have exchanges with other professors and lawyers on the meaning of the case. While we disagree on the meaning and implications, I found the level of analysis for the various experts to be quite high and insightful. And, of course, I wish to extend a special thanks to my pundit pal, JR.