The American people strongly support several reforms as to how the Supreme Court is structured according to a new Democracy Corp poll. The survey found 74 percent support replacing lifetime appointments with one fixed 18 year term. The idea is very popular with Democrats, Republicans and Independents:

I’ve long believed that lifetime appointments are deeply problematic for several reasons and I’m glad to see the rest of the country agrees that it is a stupid idea. There is a good reason most other democracies haven’t adopt this idiotic practice and we should seriously reconsider it here.

I would hope there would be a way to address this problem in a non-partisan manner by passing a rule that said in six years all new federal justices will be for a fixed 18 year term. That way we get the reform but without knowing which side it would benefit.

Sadly, the fact that the Supreme Court is becoming more partisan means reform is now more necessary– but probably also less likely. With Congress in constant gridlock the Supreme Court has by default become more popular giving Presidents even more incentive to try to leave a lasting mark with young nominees they are confident will decide issues their preferred way.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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