In a manner similar to the effect that the debate over TARP, Stimulus I and Stimulus II, and ObamaCare has had in igniting a movement that is still moving America forward (i.e., the Tea Party and a new awareness of the Constitution and its meaning in our governmental structures), the legal challenge to ObamaCare seems to have awakened an awareness in the Judiciary that they are the last defense citizens have against a federal government that seems to know no limits to their authority.
We may still see our hopes dashed that these nine men and women will strike down this obviously unconstitutional legislation, but the comments made during oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court this week seem to have given despair to liberals and encouragement to conservatives and libertarians, in part that the "Commerce Clause" to the U.S. Constitution does not give unlimited power to the Congress.
And once we start to exercise that muscle of recognizing the constitutionally limited nature of the federal government, there may be significant direction the Supreme Court can take America to check the reach of an otherwise out of control Congress and Presidency.
In the meantime, we like everyone else, will wait, but consider COAST "heartened" by the advent of common sense that seems to have sprung like Cherry blossoms in D.C.
It won't last long, but it might last a while.