George Will in The Washington Post on the conservative victory Though the Supreme Court found President Obama's health care law constitutional, Will suggests conservatives have reason to celebrate the decision. "[T]he conservative legal insurgency against Obamacare has won a huge victory for the long haul," he writes. "This victory will help revive a venerable tradition of America's political culture, that of viewing congressional actions with a skeptical constitutional squint, searching for congruence with the Constitution's architecture of enumerated powers." That's because the majority invalidated the liberal argument for the individual mandate even while allowing the mandate itself to stand. Generally, Will says, the public will pay attention to the idea of limited Congressional power to a greater degree than usual.
Jonathan Chait in New York on Justice Roberts' long game Chait makes a case similar to Will's, but from the liberal perspective. By invalidating the commerce clause argument, Roberts's interpretation of the commerce clause helps his court "interpret the Constitution to require right-wing economic policy," Chait says. "What he is not willing to do is to impose his vision in one sudden and transparently partisan attack. Roberts is playing a long game." Still, his decision has upheld the court's legitimacy. "I have rarely felt so relieved."