Would someone explain to a non-American exactly why:-
1) Appointments to the Supreme Court are such a big issue
2) Why members of the Supreme Court are "conservative" or "liberal" - why are they allowed to have political affiliations at all? It would surely be better if SCOTUS appointees were fully independent?
We have a "Supreme Court" in the UK; but it is largely an appellant court and is subject to the authority of Parliament. Unfortunately, it was created by a corrupt socialist government in the 2000's and is seen as a little too activist; and there have been calls to abolish it. However the appointees are not selected based upon political leanings
Judicial appointmentsSince April 2006, judicial appointments have been the responsibility of an independent commission...