During the presidential election campaign in 2008, the Clintons initially made an issue of candidate Obama's qualification regarding the requirement for "natural born" citizenship. Then, quite suddenly and inexplicably, they dropped the issue. It's been reported that they dropped it due to behind-the-scenes threats of physical harm against one or more of their children.
One must wonder if Roberts experienced similar persuasion. His admonition, written into the decision, should be noted as unusually pointed. Referring to the Court's role:
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."