I do not follow too closely the extreme right commentariat, having neither the time nor the stomach to wade through all that ranting. But Roy Edroso of the Village Voice is made of sterner stuff and in an interesting article has carefully chronicled the right wing reaction to the Supreme Court verdict on the Affordable Care Act.
Edroso starts out by describing the premature victory dances and gloating that the rightwingers did before the verdict and how that fed their fury when the verdict made them look foolish. They have lashed out at all and sundry as a consequence, in the process providing fevered warnings that the ruling signaled the death knell of America.
I wrote about how it is a waste of time to try and guess how the Supreme Court would rule and the verdict bore me out. Its surprising mixture of upholding almost the entire law, coupled with its justification of the individual mandate under the government’s taxing powers, and the Chief Justice’s role in writing the majority opinion, threw almost all the prognosticators for a loop. Their earlier analyses being now useless, they had to quickly come up with new theories.
Edroso’s piece makes for entertaining reading about how they tried to rapidly re-engineer their message but is also a disquieting reminder of how shallow and content-free some of the political discourse is.