... "The United States is the only Western nation in which our rulers invoke the Constitution for the purpose of overriding it – or, at any rate, torturing its language beyond repair."
... Like Nelson contemplating the Danish fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen, the Chief Justice held the telescope to his blind eye and declared, "I see no ships."
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but a handful of judges rule that it's a rare breed of elk, then all's well. The Chief Justice, on the other hand, looks, quacks and walks like the Queen in Alice In Wonderland: "Sentence first – verdict afterwards."
... in attempting to pass off a confiscatory penalty as a legitimate tax, Roberts inflicts damage on the most basic legal principles.
... quibbling over whose pretzel argument is more ingeniously twisted – the government's or the court's – is to debate, in Samuel Johnson's words, the precedence between a louse and a flea. ...