Conservative Republicans used to be huge fans of Chief Justice John Roberts — until this morning.
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. Jack Kingston (R-GA):
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.”