John Roberts, Eternal Hostage

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stands at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2018. (Jabin Botsford/Pool via Reuters)
Like clockwork, Democrats warn that the Supreme Court’s reputation and ‘legitimacy’ are in danger every time it threatens not to give them what they want.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O nce again, the Supreme Court’s reputation and honor are on the line, a crisis of credibility occasioned by the possibility that it may not give Democrats what they want.

In this case, the Court is personified by Chief Justice John Roberts, who will per protocol preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. And so the intimidation campaign has begun: “Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial will be perilous for the reputation of Chief Justice John Roberts,” insists the New York Times.

Why should it be?

Oddly, but not unexpectedly, that is not made at all clear by Adam Liptak’s report in the


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