Sunday, February 13, 2011
As we get closer to sitting in on the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, I thought it would be interesting to explore the political attitudes of the various Justices. It seems that most Americans believe that the Supreme Court is some sort of holy order that is above the fray. While I think this would be ideal, the 5-4 split along party lines in the Bush v. Gore decision shows that Justices are just as partisan as the rest of America. I found this op-ed in the NY Times that, instead of trashing the political nature of the Justices, argues that the partisan nature has always been there and that it should be accepted. I do not entirely agree with this argument as I would like to think that Justices make their own decisions apart from any kind of partisan agenda. Still, I do think that each of the Judges makes a conscience effort to interpret the Constitution in a consistent way, which may be far more important than a Justice's political attitudes. Regardless, I do think that all Judges should be appointed (as all federal Judges are) instead of elected (as most state and local Judges are), as the potential for abuse is too great for such a powerful body.