You bring up extremely interesting points, and as you wisely point out, our institutions have the power they do because, fundamentally, we agree that they do. However: “Under Buttigieg’s 15-member Court, its partisan nature would be laid bare, and that careful balance it must strike would suddenly tilt heavily on the side of partisanship. Most of the Justices on the Court would be explicit ideologues . . .” — it seems as though we have already arrived at that point. I am hardly a legal expert or scholar but I wonder what steps are possible that would bring reform to the Court, which currently doesn’t seem to be functioning the way it was intended. The veil of neutrality has been pretty thoroughly shredded.