Liberals, Brace for an Ugly Supreme Court Session

Jeffery Toobin predicts 'disaster' for those on the left
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 1:02 PM CDT
This artist rendering shows Tennessee Associate Solicitor General Joseph Walen arguing before the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage in April.   (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

(Newser) – Liberals had reason to cheer the most recent Supreme Court session, with victories on same-sex marriage and ObamaCare. But Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker thinks things are about to get very ugly for those on the left when it comes to the court. He ticks off pending cases on affirmative action, abortion, and public-employee unions and predicts conservative victories. He also wouldn't be surprised if a major campaign-finance case surfaces as well, one that would surely result in another win for the majority led by John Roberts.

"The conservatives on the Court are poised for a comeback," writes Toobin, who thinks the liberal wins this year were special cases. Roberts has a long track record of supporting gay rights, making the same-sex marriage decision unsurprising. And the particular argument used against ObamaCare was so weak that the court had no choice but to knock it down. Those factors won't apply to the pending cases. "It only underscores the magnitude of the liberal victories in 2015 to recognize that they may seem deeply aberrational in 2016," writes Toobin. Click for his full column. (Read more US Supreme Court stories.)

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