Here are a few thoughts on why they’re stunned:
- Liberals in academia rarely have their worldview challenged. Frankly, each campus is like its own DC, complete with bubble.
- The Supreme Court has mangled the clear meaning of the Constitution so long that a right reading of it shocks liberals.
- Liberals have tried burying the Ninth and Tenth amendments for so long that they though they were dead.
- Liberals have tried replacing the Ninth and Tenth amendments with warped interpretations of the the Interstate Commerce and the Necessary and Proper clauses.
The thought that the justices would actually give more weight to the Constitution than precedents just stunned liberal pundits. Hearing justices question SG Verilli about the enumerated powers of the Ninth Amendment with regard to the individual mandate had to rock Jeffrey Toobin’s world.