“I had the honor this term of writing I think the only supreme court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law. One of these was Boris Johnson, but he paid the price.” That laugh-inducing line was delivered by Samuel Alito who used a speech in Rome to drop some political zingers on those who dared to criticize the Court’s overturning of Roe. Wait? Jokes aimed at world leaders? In your face taunting from a Supreme Court justice on foreign soil? Aren’t SCOTUS judges supposed to be above politics? Hah. If you still believe that, you haven’t been paying attention. There’s a reason that confidence in U.S. Supreme Court is at a historic low. Dahlia Lithwick in Slate: What We Lose as John Roberts Is Sidelined on the Court. “It speaks volumes about this political moment, and also about the nature and current posture of the Supreme Court, that two of the people who still regarded their participation on a multi-person court as a project in relationship-building and compromise and the long-term banking of trust and goodwill to achieve tolerable outcomes for everyone, are now wholly sidelined. Breyer has retired and Roberts is left conducting an orchestra that has chosen to play its own discordant symphonies.” Compromise. Deal-making. Working together. Not humiliating the Court by gloating abroad. Sorry folks, that courtship has sailed.