vision when they wrote the Constitution. I don’t really want tospeculate on his motives, but I don’t see anything legal there. I mean,I don’t know, maybe he thought he was preserving the reputation of the court or something, but in fact, what he ended up doing to it isdoing it great damage. Because I think the strong sense out there is —and not just among those of us who wanted to have a complete win —but among people on all portions of the spectrum, that this was not alegally based decision, that there were other motives there. And …what’s unique about the Supreme Court is they’re not supposed tocare about all the other considerations. It’s just what is the law, andhow does it apply to this situation? And it’s frankly a little bit difficultto reconcile that approach to the chief justice’s opinion.
Q: Do you think this ruling will diminish people’s faith in theSupreme Court?
A: “Oh, I think it already has. I think it already has — prettyimmediately. It’s rare that the court gets the kind of anticipatoryattention that this did, so people were formulating their opinions andso forth. And it’s not like you can just go recover.It’s like telling your parents a lie. Once you’ve told the one, you knowthey love you and all and they want to trust you, but they’ve got totrust you knowing that, at some point you were capable of lying. “And so, the faith of the American people in the Supreme Court has tobe earned back. And it doesn’t happen overnight. That literally takesyears and decades. And I think the Chief Justice (John Roberts) hasdone, not irreparable damage to the court, but damage that will befrankly hard if it can ever be overcome.”
Q: Obviously, you are running for governor next year. Whenthis November and its elections pass, and the time comes foryour race, do you think Virginians will remember you as theguy who spearheaded the fight against Obamacare, or as theguy who lost the fight?
A: “People are complex. They’re not going to boil it down to one thing.Certainly health care has been a big deal. Speaking more broadly, ourefforts to push back on the federal government in the areas wherethey have been overreaching has been a central part of our time here.People are going to judge whether they appreciate my pursuit of thosegoals, or whether they do not. And that’s what elections are about —they’re partly about accountability.”