In no more than five, or maybe six, seconds, the full fury of the Hard Right exploded to a sinister new level following the Supreme Court's favorable ruling on Obamacare. Some of it was so irrational that it even exposed a conspiratorial view that Chief Justice Roberts may have been "blackmailed" or "intimidated" in supporting the majority.
That subversive thought arrived in the words of Wayne Root, the righty gadabout whose columns and voice show up wherever there's an opening for more acid to be squeezed into his jubilant audience.
Root didn't actually state the terrible things about Roberts as fact. Worse yet, they found life in the arteries of the true believers in the form of questions. Get this:
"It's time to start asking the question. It's time to be cynical. It's time to assume the worst of this government. Has Supreme Court Justice John Roberts been blackmailed or intimidated?"
He rambles on from there, but you can easiy assume that it will be the grist of many pulsating fairy tales in the fringe's twilight zone. .
Root, of course, was merely offering the theme and variations that would echo to the flash mob of the GOP candidates and their cupbearers.
Jeb Bush merely said he was "disappointed" but assured everybody that it was "not
the end of the fight," which is the most bravado we've heard from him as a candidate.
Mike Huckabee described the ruling as "judicial tyranny", but restrained by his Christian morality, wasn't quite as snotty as Root.
At a much less official level, the court produced an array of undocumented constitutional experts who puffily claimed greater insight into the document than the six Justices (two-thirds, if my math hasn't failed me) who supported Obamacare as the law of the land.
Among them in the frenetic mix was Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien, who always has seemed to be more comfortable in a medieval setting than today. Without benefit of a formal education in constitutional law, he berated the court and bravely declared the law "blatantly unconstitutional". You can expect this to go on blatantly for a while longer.
That gives me hope that although I'm not a mathematician, I can speak eloquently on the solution to pi to my neighbors.