WASHINGTON, D.C. – Justice John Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush, is shaping a legacy as if he was appointed by President Barack Obama. Roberts has sided with liberal justices on major issues such as Obamacare, and other pivotal cases in which he guards the progressive cause or status quo, seemingly afraid of being disruptive, and constitutional.
Roberts builds on that legacy once again this week in siding with the liberal justices to not weigh in on North Carolina absentee ballot acceptance date extensions, effectively giving the stamp of approval to accepting ballots an obscene nine days after the election. Joining him was Justice Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by President Donald Trump and also indicating signs of Roberts Syndrome.
Of course, Democrats like N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, who helped broker the sly deal to loosen absentee voting rules, gloated.
“North Carolina voters had a huge win tonight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” Stein said in a statement. “Voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, but now we all have certainty that every eligible vote will be counted. Let’s vote!”
Stein is really saying that now they have every opportunity to harvest ballots, and dump them in the mail, up to and including election day. More importantly, Roberts and Kavanaugh joined the progressive justices in simply looking the other way as a partisan Board of Elections in a State’s executive branch usurped the state legislature’s constitutional authority to write and change elections laws.
N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) had this to say:
“The question is simple: May unelected bureaucrats on a state panel controlled by one political party overrule election laws passed by legislatures, even after ballots have already been cast? If public confidence in elections is important to our system of government, then hopefully the answer to that question is no.”
Of course that answer is no, yet the desire to not rock the boat apparently outweighs the desire to enforce constitutional separation of powers.
With the Supreme Court’s move, there’s nothing left to do except follow AG Josh Stein’s advice: vote.