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June 21, 2012 10:21 AM Waiting For Godot

By Ed Kilgore

You know, I’m discovering that spending the early morning of Decision Days staring at SCOTUSBlog for the occasional update is not unlike watching a mid-summer baseball game. There’s an out, then maybe a walk, then another out, and you just don’t know if you’re about to see a game-winning home run, a third out, or a rain-out.

UPDATE: No ACA decision today. So everyone can stand down until Monday, or perhaps next Thursday, or perhaps some other day that the Court decides to make a Decision Day. Back to our regularly scheduled FastnFuror watch, veep speculation, and other fine early summer political fare.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • stevio on June 21, 2012 10:27 AM:

    Given the right wing slant with this SCOTS expect a triple play to end the game...

  • David in NY on June 21, 2012 10:29 AM:

    In my area, criminal justice, we did fine today.

    But the Court stuck another stake in the heart of the center-left, voiding the obligation to pay union dues (in some circumstances) on First Amendment grounds.

    Take that, you union thugs! Corporations triumphant!

  • c u n d gulag on June 21, 2012 10:42 AM:

    Ah, a postponement of execution from our 5 corporate judicial governors!

    Some more time for us to think about our last meals - which won't be given anyway, since it's WAAAAAAY too humane.

  • Diane Rodriguez on June 21, 2012 10:46 AM:

    Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts have taken the "Supreme" part of the Supreme Court literally - they are the true believers in their own omnipotence. Kennedy is always looking for the limelight associated with being the swing vote. For him, there is no question of legal acumen, he is merely seeking attention. I suspect the decision will be handed down the day before Independence Day. It fits with the view that the right wing members have of themselves.

  • hells littlest angel on June 21, 2012 11:13 AM:

    My understanding is that the Supreme Court made its decision weeks ago. So what is the rationale behind delaying the release of the decision? Is it a matter of typing up their arguments, or are they just fucking with us?

  • Emily on June 21, 2012 11:13 AM:

    Yeah, the little door-slamming noises on the Scotusblog live blog are starting to drive me batty. I've never understood the phrase "on tenterhooks" better on mornings like this. And now we get to do it all over again on Monday.

  • BelieveUsNotThem on June 21, 2012 11:31 AM:

    My guess is that the tyrannical five have invalidated all or almost all of the ACA and it is taking a long time for the four to complete writing dissents because they need to detail the millions of ways that this is a wrong and dangerously radical majority opinion. Either that or they have invalidated all of the ACA and they are waiting for the time to get closer to the Fourth of July so that the Right can organize "Liberty" events across the country to celebrate.