By David Jackson, USA TODAY
(USA Today) - President Obama's health care law has divided the political world from the moment it was proposed.
Now it appears to have divided the Supreme Court's conservative bloc.
Jan Crawford of CBS News writes that "discord at the Supreme Court is deep and personal" after Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote and upheld the Obama health care law, drawing criticism from conservative colleagues.
"This discord is going to affect this Court for a long time -- and no one has any idea how it will be resolved," writes Crawford, who detailed Roberts' vote switch last week after leaks from within the normally secretive Supreme Court.
Roberts' opinion on the health care law drawing a critical dissent from fellow conservatives Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito.
We can't help but think this is sweet music to Obama, who has clashed with the court's conservative majority over a high-profile campaign finance case and other issues.
Writes Crawford of the high court's troubles:
Conservatives feel a sense of betrayal. They feel that Roberts changed his mind for the wrong reasons.
If Roberts had been with the liberals from the beginning, sources tell me that would have been one thing; but switching his position - and relatively late in the process - infuriated the conservatives.
Of course it's unclear why he switched. He may have been focused solely on the law. But that is not what some of his colleagues believe. ...
It's not unheard of for the Court to erupt into conflict; Bush v. Gore in 2000 was a famous example. But some people say you would have to go back nearly 70 years to see this kind of tension, and almost bitterness, that now exists among the justices.