Even if Republicans win big in 2012, they will have to fight inch by bloody inch for changes they could have had for the asking in 2010. Truly, this is Waterloo”“a Waterloo brought about by a dangerous combination of ideological frenzy, poor risk calculation, and a self-annihilating indifference to the real work of government. – Repeal is a Fantasy, by David Frum

PRES. OBAMA LEARNED what 12-dimensional chess was all about today from Chief Justice John Roberts, a man he didn’t even vote to confirm.

The irony is thick.

In fact it’s dense.

It hit the right who were so sure about their SCOTUS conservatives, right-wingers who are so pompously positive they know the U.S. Constitution best, but also think politics is a positive part of the Court when it’s righteously driving outcome that goes in their favor.

It hit the Tea Party people who don’t understand the point of taxation, though if anyone ever tried to take their Social Security, Medicare, or pare military spending down they’d blow a gasket.

It hit all of those die hard Democratic Supreme Court flag-wavers who think the presidential prerogative on choosing justices is a reason to reelect Pres. Obama. So sure Mr. Obama’s appointments will deliver what they assume is just by their own definition, but now are stuck with the reality that Obama didn’t vote to confirm John Roberts, without whom Obamacare would have been repealed in total.

But, oh the sweet joy in hearing Rush Limbaugh babble incessantly today, going ’round and ’round, but all he could come up with was “we need to win elections!” His panic was the type of joyful sound only the ring of well purposed taxation can bring out in a man like Limbaugh who thinks it’s every person for him or herself and if you don’t get yours that’s tough. However, nothing could top the sound of Sean Hannity’s pure political panic that came across the radio in a sweet rhapsody of delicious, deflated defeat.

It was political Christmas. I say this as someone who also knows Chief Justice Roberts helped codify capitalism’s health care elite into our country’s old soul in perpetuity.

Republicans and the right came thoroughly undone.

“My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize,” Pence said in a statement to POLITICO. – Pence likens health care ruling to 9/11