To us from the Commonwealth it is surprising how Americans seem to be happy with a so called court that acts as a political body. Judges who are appointed by either Republican or Democratic Presidents whom then it seems are expected to do the bidding of the party that got them sitting on the bench, Bush versus Gore being a case in point, in other countries the Florida election Presidential 2000 would have been declared null and held again. Some argue that US law is mainly taken from English Common Law, so could any one name the political leanings of any of the judges on the English supreme court, a hint , they were appointed when Labour a liberal party was in power. If the US Supreme court is a political body should they be elected for four years at a time by the voters ? US judges going on book tours to sell books, now that is different, I doubt if a English Queen's Counsel would be touring selling a book he/she wrote.