After reading TS's exchange with William and Kingston a few threads ago and after watching Rick Santorum talk for several weeks now, I'm kinda wondering why bother having a SCOTUS at all. TS, IMO, is the only person on this board, and I mean only person, who is entirely consistent with his view. When he chided William for being no better than liberals because he just happens to be pissed about the ruling on gay marriage, I felt like that nailed just about everyone who posts here. Most of us get torqued because a ruling doesn't go our way, but will be quite content to accept a SCOTUS ruling that we believe fixes (or forbids) something we don't agree with.
IMO, it seems that the job of the Supremes is to interpret whether laws that are passed square with the constitution. However, this is an entirely subjective thing which is starting to make me think the whole thing is just a waste of time. Stack the court with a bunch of Scalia's, (or liberals) and you don't even have to bring a case up because you know what they will say. People like Scalia seem to be against any behavior that became socially acceptable after 1800 and he seems quite willing to let the states pass as many laws as they want to reflect that outlook. Liberal leaning judges, however, seem to believe that rulings should follow the "spirit" rather than exact letter of the constitution and are likely going to see it otherwise and be content to let federal law super cede local law in the interest of letting law reflect a more current social outlook rather than a locked in time and "dead document" outlook. Who is more correct, in such cases, depends entirely on your outlook of world.
With that in mind, why not just get rid of it altogether and just let political majorities decide everything. It certainly seems to be headed that direction.