As mentioned earlier, this was an astonishingly dramatic moment -- not least because Obama baited Samuel Alito, 20% of the 5-4 majority that made this latest ruling, into shaking his head and muttering "Not true!" or words to that effect. A terrible lapse of self-discipline on Alito's part, Joe Wilson-style. John Roberts had just as much reason to feel aggrieved -- as a Senator, Obama had voted No on the confirmation of both men to the Court -- but Roberts sat motionless. Supreme Court Justices are supposed to be beyond political argument or baiting. High real-time drama.

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