Over the course of just a few hours, Republicans’ warm feelings toward the Chief Justice (see the top twelve Republican songs of praise for Roberts here) have evaporated.
Now, because Roberts was the deciding vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are suddenly criticizing Robert’s court as “activist.”
Here are the top negative reactions to Roberts’ decision today:
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA): “I don’t want to drink a beer with him today. I’m not calling for his impeachment, I’m just very very disappointed.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): “I urge people to read the dissent that was read from the bench by Justice Kennedy and joined in by Justices Alito and also Scalia. Because that opinion said very clearly, this was an activist court that you saw today. What they did is not just uphold Obamacare, this Supreme Court re-wrote Obamacare in line with its own designs.”
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC): “The Supreme Court’s precedent in this case will far exceed health care. In short, government is now able to make you do anything by penalizing you with a tax. If future governments don’t like marriage it will be able to tax you if you want to get married. That goes both ways – for traditional and gay marriage. If future governments want to limit the size of families it can tax second and third children. We know there are governments around the world who do this. The Supreme Court today has ruled we are just like them.”
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA):
With #Obamacare ruling, I feel like I just lost two great friends: America and Justice Roberts.
— Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) June 28, 2012
Rep. Louie Gomert (R-TX): “I’m sorry he’s become so cynical. …He expects the president of the United States to lie to him, and to lie to America when [Obama] said — and he had it said on his behalf repeatedly — this was not a tax. For Justice Roberts to say, of course it’s a tax, he makes very clearly that he believes the president is a liar and it’s a sad day for America.”
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Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) tweeted — and then deleted — the he was “[t]ruly disappointed in Justice Roberts and others who allowed this assault on the Republic stand.”