Originally Posted by IVC
There is more to being a professional than the confirmation hearings.
There's nothing more to getting the job
than the nomination and the confirmation hearings, and once you've got the job, you're set for life. There probably isn't a job out there that has more job security than a federal court appointment does.
More to the point, the politicians are the only
people that matter when it comes to getting a job on the bench (be it at SCOTUS, a circuit court, or a district court).
The rulings that a judge issues are entirely irrelevant
to their career advancement except to the degree they impress or repulse politicians. Politicians are corrupt and evil, because their entire purpose in life is to pass legislation restricting the freedom of the citizenry while simultaneously convincing the citizenry that said restrictions are somehow a good thing. As such, politicians aren't going to give a flying fig about how consistent those rulings are with respect to Supreme Court jurisprudence, nor how legally brilliant they are, except to the degree they affect the one thing the politicians are
going to care about
: how effective the candidate would be in advancing the politician's
political agenda. For a SCOTUS appointment, the consistency of the judge's rulings with Supreme Court jurisprudence is of no consequence whatsoever
, because the SCOTUS positioning means the candidate will have the power to ignore that jurisprudence entirely.