Call me over-idealistic, but I'd prefer a Supreme Court free of ideologues,
no matter what 'side'.
It's not just that politics will not stop being political it is that there is no such thing as an objective way to judge. ANY view of politics is going to be ideological.
Something is objective if and only if it is falsifiable. Meaning there must be a theoretical demonstration that would refute it. For example, an unsolved mathematical problem called the Goldbach conjecture states that every even integer greater than 2 is the sum of two primes. This is falsifiable because all you have to do is find an even integer greater than two that can not be described as the sum of two primes (computer software has been used to confirm that it works up to absurdly large numbers).
So many ethical philosophers and legal scholars fool themselves into thinking that there can be some sort of scientific approach to what really is no more objective than fashion design.
For example, I will now state that the commerce clause of the Constitution gives police the right to punch babies because they represent a lot of commerce. I challenge anyone to come up with a fully consistent and complete argument that this is not the case. Such an argument must not reference concepts simply because they are widely accepted...
Ideologue (n) - An advocate of a particular ideology, especially an official exponent of that ideology.
The advocates should be the lawyers arguing the case. If the Justices have already taken
a side before the case is heard, it rather defeats the purpose of the court, doesn't it?
It's inevitable that someone politically-conected to the degree necessary to be appointed
to the Supreme Court will have "leanings", but it's gotten so the Justices appointed by one
side or the other will rule based not on the facts of the case before them, but rather on a
strict basis of the platform of their party.
Pick a "hot-topic", and you can pretty much always predict which side each justice will
side with, regardless of the actual facts of the case. Some bias is inevitable, but when
the case is decided (almost always 5-4) before it's filed, the system is broken.