The Pressure of getting reelected is something that congress members and the President face all the time. Whether it be voting of a bill with lots of publicity or the latest war congressmen and the President are always worried about how the situation will make or break their political career. Supreme Court Justice have the luxury of being appointed and can honestly and unbiased make decision on cases. Being appointed also save the justices from the hassle of campaigning like the congressmen and President have to. Campaigns are very costly and time consuming. Congressmen are up for reelection every two years this gives them one year in office until they have to start campaigning. Campaigning distracts congressmen from their duties and gives an advantage to other congressman to alter the outcome on a bill based on who will be able to attend. As shown below in the table the amount of money spent in election campaigns is astronomical.
Another factor that would alter the court justices judgment if they were elected is what party they would run under. As shown in the table below all the senators shown voted with their party affiliation at least 95 percent of the time. (Open Congress) As you can tell by the chart above senators fell obligated to vote with there party most of the time. Why is this bad thing? Supreme Courts decisions arent supposed to be based on a political platform. Their decisions are supposed to be an honest representation of what they believe the framers of the constitution would have decided.
For the past 224 years the Supreme Court has existed there has only been one justice impeached. This proves that the system of check and balances of the president nominating candidates and the senate approving these nominees is a successful system.
U.S. Senate: Reference Home Statistics & Lists Supreme Court Nominations, Present-1789. U.S. Senate: Reference Home Statistics & Lists Supreme Court Nominations, Present-1789. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.