Originally Posted by jason_iowa
I think after citizens united the SCOTUS is in pretty low standing. Not looked on as low as congress but that is not a very high bar.
There is an ebb and flow to our rights. As much as we like to think of them as being hard and fast this is just not the case....
Another factor is that pretty much every time the Supreme Court (or courts of appeal for that matter) decides something it tends to make some group unhappy. It can be tough to be consistently held in high regard when whenever you do what you're supposed to do you step on some group's beliefs or values or interests or perceived rights.
And that is perhaps part of the reason the Founding Fathers shielded federal judges from the direct political influence of the body politic.