The media's man-crush on John Roberts

But make no mistake: much of the MSM is in gushing mode. The New York Times offered this front-page valentine:

“To be sure, the chief justice considers himself the custodian of the Supreme Court’s prestige, authority and legitimacy, and he is often its voice in major cases…But almost no one thought that he would provide the fifth vote, joining only the liberals, to uphold a Democratic president’s signal legislative achievement.” …

For decades now, conservatives have complained about “judicial activism” by liberals on the bench. But they were more than willing to have the leader of a very conservative court torpedo the signature achievement of a Democratic president. When Roberts opted for restraint, they were distressed, as though he had somehow flinched from his duty. But the chief is sure getting lots of love from the so-called liberal media.