Right-wing Meme: Anti-Seizure Meds Affecting John Roberts’ Mental Abilities

Searching desperately for a reason why conservative Chief Justice John Roberts sided with four other Supreme Court justices in upholding President Obama’s health care reform law on Thursday, at least some right-wingers have decided to question his mental health. Here’s what extremist Michael Savage said on his radio show:

“Let’s talk about Roberts. I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to. It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication. Therefore neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.”

Savage seems to have been referring to a 2007 New York Times story about medication Roberts takes to manage epilepsy. Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s hate-mongering media spokesman, linked to that piece in a Twitter post:

The attacks from that crowd will likely get even more vile and venomous, unfortunately.

5 thoughts on “Right-wing Meme: Anti-Seizure Meds Affecting John Roberts’ Mental Abilities

  1. Truth is. Roberts doctor’s have never officially diagosed him as having epilepsy, according to the Wikipedia article. He had a couple of seizures, which can be caused by a variety of things, and the precise causes were never identified.

    However, just as a matter of faith, I believe the seizures did have something to do with his decision. A seizure is a very scary thing. I think this nice Catholic woke up one morning, recalled his seizures, and realized the if he voted against Obamacare his decision would probably kill millions of people who would not have otherwise died. For any serious Catholic that could die any moment from a seizure behind the wheel of his car, that kind of sin on that acale would not be a burden that would be bearable. I think God walked into the situation, showed him that with the seizures, and indicated that no other moral choice was possible but the one he made. In other words, I think God himself screwed the hind ends of the Religious Right with a Roto-Rooter yesterday—-and probably enjoyed every minute of it.

  2. Oh I don’t know Charles. I’m inclined to think Roberts was sitting at home in his study looking at the healthcare bill and thinking what a drag it is to be stuff shirt conservative every day of his life. So he fired up the bong, smoked a few hits of skunk weed and thought outside the box for a good long while, emerging from his reverie only long enough to raid the fridge.

  3. I love watching the conservatives’ heads explode. Maybe they thought that their paid-for Supreme Court was always going to go their way, and they’re shocked that anybody would cross them. Now CJ Roberts knows what it’s like to be a Democrat, constantly under assault and called all manner of disparaging names by the radical rightwingnuts. Isn’t life wonderful!!!!