Faith in SCOTUS Sinks, Thanks A Lot Alito

“…but first, a little ru-ru!”

Captain of the Witch Finders and the Torquemada of Trenton, Justice Sammie Alito has damaged the image and status of the Supreme Court!  Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) email thingie has the shocking details:

TRUST IN JUDICIAL BRANCH PLUMMETS — A new Gallup poll set for release today shows a drop in approval of and confidence in the Supreme Court. Gallup previewed some of the key findings for Playbook:

  • The topline: “Less than half of Americans say they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ of trust in the judicial branch of the federal government, representing a 20-percentage-point drop from two years ago, including seven points since last year.”
  • The historic trend: “This is the lowest confidence rating for the judicial branch in Gallup’s trend by six points. The judicial branch’s current tarnished image contrasts with trust levels exceeding two-thirds in most years in Gallup’s trend since 1972.”
  • What’s driving it: “The drop in trust … is driven largely by a sharp decline among Democrats, whose level of trust is half of what it was one year ago. The new poll marks the first time that less than half of Democrats and independents express faith in the judicial branch.”
  • Two more findings: (1) “The new Gallup poll also finds a record-tying-low of Americans saying they approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing.” (2)“Meanwhile, a record high percentage of Americans say the Supreme Court is ‘too conservative.’”

The Supreme Court has long been one of the few major institutions in America to survive with relatively high levels of bipartisan approval, but voters’ views of SCOTUS now more closely track the polarized views of Congress, the president and the media.

And here’s where things get interesting: the Justices pull back the curtains and reveal…

The justices themselves are well-aware of their diminished standing. The WSJ’s Jess Bravin documents how Justice ELENA KAGAN and Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS have sparred over the legitimacy issue during public appearances this summer.

Key quotes from Kagan at recent events in Rhode Island and Montana, respectively:

  • “The very worst moments [in the court’s history] have been times when judges have even essentially reflected one party’s or one ideology’s set of views in their legal decisions. The thing that builds up reservoirs of public confidence is the court acting like a court and not acting like an extension of the political process.”
  • “If, over time, the court loses all connection with the public and with public sentiment, that is a dangerous thing for democracy.”

Roberts’ response earlier this month in Colorado:

  • “Simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court.”

Um, then what is a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court? When Opus Dei members decide that decades of precedent can be overturned because lady parts are icky and make Jeebus cry, that ain’t justice, that’s misogyny.

And then Sammie the Snide stilettos one of The Skirts on the SCOTUS who dared to disagree with him:

Kagan and Roberts declined to comment to the Journal, but in an unusual and rare statement, Justice SAMUEL ALITO, author of the Dobbsdecision that has driven down the Court’s approval, directly responded to Kagan’s critiques (without naming her), telling the paper:

  • “It goes without saying that everyone is free to express disagreement with our decisions and to criticize our reasoning as they see fit. But saying or implying that the court is becoming an illegitimate institution or questioning our integrity crosses an important line.”

We cannot recall the last time justices sparred with each other in the press in this manner.

Some wiseass on Social Media comments:

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4 Responses to Faith in SCOTUS Sinks, Thanks A Lot Alito

  1. roket says:

    Lying under oath in order to get the position has nothing to do with anything. Right, Sammie?

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  2. Vincent Price did it so much better.

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  3. *FelineMama* says:

    And They care about public opinion because, ??

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  4. glitterbug says:

    Plessey vs. Ferguson anybody?

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