Mother Jones suggests that Reed O’Connor, a Texas judge presiding over a lawsuit by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and others to kill the Affordable Care Act is holding off ruling until after the election for political reasons.

Tim Jost, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law and an expert on the ACA who is following the litigation, calls O’Connor “an intensely political judge” who indicated strong opinions against the ACA during the September hearing. “Why hasn’t he ruled yet?” asks Jost. “I suspect that he is waiting until the election is over because the last thing Republican candidates need right now is another reminder that they are trying to get rid of preexisting-conditions protections.”

Too late to defeat Rutledge, French HIll and the others lying about coverage then.