I agree with the campaign at Small Dead Animals and other conservative bloggers to keep the Court Challenges Program dead.
I just have one question: Why do conservatives always trash the "unelected Supreme Court"? No country has an elected Supreme Court. The U.S. and Canada have virtually the same appointment system, except the people picked by the President face tough questions -- sometimes -- at the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There's only one way to get on the U.S. Supreme Court: be appointed by the President.
Same holds for the major US courts.
There's only one way onto the Supreme Court of Canada: appointment by the Prime Minister. Same holds for the major courts in Canada.
Yes, Americans elect some lower and middle-ranked judges. But that's as far as it goes, anywhere.
"Unelected Supreme Court judges" is a garbage accusation. The Supreme Court of Canada can do some dumb things, but it's Parliament, not the judges, that decides how a lawyer ends up on the court.