The Roberts Court
Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito have now been seated on the Court and it seems, from decisions on capital punishment and the Administration's attempt to prevent Oregon doctors from prescribing lethal doses that these gentlemen are true to pattern. Many would have sworn that Alito would have been the conservative and Roberts the moderate. Myself among them. However, they were wrong. It turns out that Mr. Justice Alito will be voting with Kennedy in many cases, while Mr. Chief Justice Roberts will be voting with Scalia.
What is it about conservatives that only half of them stay with their ideology? It seems half of conservatives nominated to the Court turn out to be moderates afterall. There is nothing like a lifetime appointment to the High Court to bring out the true character of the man or woman.
The long and the short of it is that the vote on abortion will likely still be 6-3. The more things change...