How Chief Justice Roberts Is Outmaneuvering His Critics

From a Washington Post column by Jason Willick headlined “How John Roberts is outmaneuvering his critics”:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote a pair of contradictory major rulings in the Supreme Court’s just-completed term. That paradoxically might have helped him consolidate the conservative court’s authority and marginalize its liberal critics. There are uncomfortable lessons here about political legitimacy.

The chief justice laid down a constitutional marker last month by declaring for a 6-3 majority that the 14th Amendment prohibits race-conscious college admissions. “Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it,” Roberts wrote. All of it? Just three weeks earlier, writing for a 5-4 court in a Voting Rights Act case, Roberts unapologetically upheld the progressive use of race to create electoral districts.