The most remarkable thing about the Supreme Court’s opinions announced Monday was not what the justices wrote or said. It was what Samuel Alito did.
The associate justice, a George W. Bush appointee, read two opinions, both 5-4 decisions that split the court along its usual right-left divide. But Alito didn’t stop there. When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, Alito visibly mocked his colleague.
Around the 2004 election there were a number of arguments about re-electing someone the SCOTUS selected in 2000 to be President. One of the big issues was going to be a couple of Supreme Court appointments the newly elected (in 2004) President was going to be able to make.
If you’ll recall, Bush first tried to get his personal lawyer (Harriet Myers) appointed. When that got laughed out of Congress, Bush wen to Alito…who it turns out was worse.
Bush also appointed Roberts as Chief Justice, and given Roberts young age, Bush’s decisions are going to be with us for a long time.
So when it appears the SCOTUS is more and more out of touch with what is happening in reality, it is perfectly correct to the person who made it that way accountable.