Sen. Patrick Leahy took to the floor of the Senate last week to try and intimidate Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts into deferring to congressional authority and upholding Obamacare on the basis that it is constitutional via the Commerce Clause. Leahy even mentions how he voted for Roberts during his confirmation because Roberts gave assurances that he would respect congressional authority, and Leahy says this case would be a ‘fundamental test’ as to whether Roberts will be true to his testimony. Leahy went on to say:
I trust that he will be Chief Justice for all of us and that he has a strong institutional sense of the proper role of the judicial branch. It is the Supreme Court of the United States, not the Supreme Court of the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, not the Supreme Court of liberals or conservatives. It’s the Supreme Court of the United States and the Chief Justice is the Chief Justice of the United States, all 320 million of us.
Here’s the entire 11 minute speech that includes Leahy suggesting that a justice voting based on their personal beliefs, against Obamacare, would be committing conservative judicial activism: