Clues Suggested Roberts Might Let Down Conservatives
Posted at 9:39 a.m. on July 3, 2012
Conservatives baffled by the decision by Chief Justice John Roberts to side with liberals on President Obama’s health care plan should have read a 2005 research paper by political science professor Kenneth Manning.
Manning’s research found Roberts very conservative in criminal and civil liberties cases but more liberal than the appellate court average in economic cases.
Manning talked about his research with the Washington Post in 2005: “The general read I got was of a non-activist stance — a general reluctance to go out of his way and rule against government regulators. If the EPA ruled against the chemical industry, the general tendency was to defer to the agency.”