If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few hours, Chief Justice Roberts had a seizure at his home in Maine and took quite a fall. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures and test but it looks like he’s doing well. According to SCOTUSblog, he had a similar experience in 1993. You can find more information from the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, and a bunch of smaller blogs here, here, and here. Wonkette made a wildly inappropriate comment regarding the Chief Justice’s future and I therefore refuse to link to them but you can check out their comment here via Patterico.
How will the Chief Justice’s health effect the court? In the short run, not much. In the long run, however, the court could be in for more changes than conservatives would otherwise hope for. Conservatives, until now, have been resting on their laurels with the knowledge that their Justices are in good health and have an average age of only 59.75. The liberal block, on the other hand, has an average age of 74.
Fortunately, the Chief Justice seems to be in good health at the moment. If nothing else, the Chief Justice’s most recent struggles should serve as a grave reminder of our mortality. On that note, I’m going to go for a run. Goodnight.