The Supreme Court’s Favorable Polling, And Why They Better Not Care

Rasmussen is reporting good news for the Supreme Court. The latest polls show that the public’s favorable opinion of the Court has risen sharply in the wake of the Obamacare hearings. Correlating to that, most likely voters polled believe the Court will overturn the health-care fiasco.

On the one hand, this makes me happy. On the other hand, I wish to Jefferson they’d stop with all the polling.

I’m happy because this is one of those rare moments where it seems like maybe the public is not as dumb as the mainstream media makes us out to be. I keep wondering who the vast legions of Obama supporters are. I’ve never met anyone who broadcasts their love for the guy, and I get out a lot and meet lots of folks, including black folks, by the way. (Side note: the most vociferous Obama-hater I ever met was a black man whose quote that sticks with me was, “Stupid white people! I never told you to vote for him, did I? He ain’t even from America!”)

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On the other hand, I have a pie-in-the-sky dream that justices on the Supreme Court should not give a rat’s pelosi what the polls say. I have this antiquated notion that they ought to seriously regard themselves as the last bastion of the Constitutional republic that is the USA.

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The last thing you want is justices on the Supreme Court who listen to anything other than the Constitution. When public opinion polls matter to them, we are very close to sliding into democracy at that point, where “good” is determined by the majority, and “lawful” is determined by who won the vote.

Remember the metaphor (attributed lately to Ben Franklin) that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. Francis Shaeffer called it “the tyranny of the fifty-one percent” vote, and we are sunk if the Supreme Court fails to protect us from it.

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