Justice Kennedy is the original Independent

  • Article by: DAHLIA LITHWICK , Slate
  • Updated: June 16, 2012 - 5:30 PM

No one doubts that Supreme Court's decision on health care reform will come down to him.

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garykhansonJun. 16, 12 6:04 PM

If the Affordable Care Act is upheld by the Supreme Court it will be a great victory for humankind. But I don't think this court will do that and I am disheartened.

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PrivateJun. 17, 12 1:43 AM

Justice Kennedy may be independent, but "in touch" with the American people? Sorry, but his legacy is forever blemished by Citizens United, the most anti-public interest decision in decades.

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Willy53Jun. 17, 12 7:14 AM

This author is dreaming. In almost every case that has implications as to the extension of power and privlage for the wealthy, Kennedy has not only sided with the 5-4 majority to enshrine power in the rich, but has voted in an unprecedented way to actively change settled law to do so. He is nothing like O'connor. He is part of the conservive, privlaged, wealthy, powerful elite that simply have taken our democracy from the people and laid it at the feet of Wall Street. You can manipulate the percentages of Kennedy's votes but you can't change the impact of all those critical 5-4 decisions that have hastned the demise of democracy and given extraordinary power and legislative clout to corporations.

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johneramone4Jun. 17, 1211:41 AM

If the Affordable Care Act is upheld by the Supreme Court it will be a unprecendented disaster for humankind. But I know the will not do that do that and I am elated and extremely thankful.

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gandalf48Jun. 19, 12 8:43 AM

It's sad that people don't see Justice Kennedy for what he is...a libertarian. He chooses freedom over oppression every time, it's too bad we don't have a few more justices like him on the Supreme Court. Enough with Citizen's United, I didn't know so many people disliked free speech in this country, the hate against rich people must be stronger than the desire for freedom.

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