Markos and the chilling, all powerful Banhammer? Not this dude. No one has ever voted for him with a ballot, their contributed written brilliance, or even their pocketbook.
Yet, within any number of contexts in the past, and, with absolute certainty, any number more going forward, his unreviewed and unreviewable power to control issues in the public square exceeds those of Pelosi, Boehner, McConnell, and Reid put together. Now throw President Obama into the mix, and, you know what, the same result.
FULL DISCLOSURE: If nothing can possibly sway your absolute conviction that our current Constitution is adequate to both the crises of our times, and our supreme challenges going forward, you will want to save yourself the time and trouble of flipping to page 2.
Here you go, contemplate this: Anthony McLeod Kennedy. AKA Justice Kennedy, he who puts to shame the clout of Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas put totegther. But, then again, only when he's of a mind to (for every reason, any reason, or even no real reason at all). Oh, but there is one real confidence builder (or one more if you get warm fuzzies from the fact that he could, not unfairly, be described as the Justice from the Vatican), in a profession absolutely dominated by practitioners holding Juris Doctorate (or above) degress, the highest educational accomplishment of King Kennedy is an LL.B.
But none of this is to personally fault the good gentleman. He is truly the product of our system of government, and not only predictably, but even inevitably so. No one said "you can put four on the right, four on the left, and yourself in the middle", and he neither could have, nor did, create the dysfunction that he aggrandizes himself within the midst of. 5-4 right, 5-4 left, 5-4 whatever, yeah that Justice Kennedy. Would, perhaps, that he had the strenght of character to elevate himself above the challenge so presented, but how? Retire, and let so many lesser souls wreck how much untold additional havoc on the society? Or just sit back in chambers, wheel and deal all over the building and look down and say "it is good"? (Did I say king, or god, in my title?)
We might, or might not remake the Executive. I, personally am of no strong mind on that. The Legislative Branch? SO, SO, UGLY! That's an automatic clean sweep for any thinking person. And, finally, the Judicial Branch? I like an independent judiciary, and would like to see us achieve that. But I simply cannot imagine that anyone really favors one person running the SCOTUS. (And lest anyone invokes the spectre of "The Warren Court", I'd suggest that you carefully review the far fewer number of 5-4 decisions back then.) What I can't stand, what we have to end, is the reign of King Kennedy (or whoever).
So, a modest suggestion - 21 Justices, 9 Justice randomly (very, very randomly) selected panels, and at least some control on both precedential overrule, and the authority of En Banc panels.
THE SECOND AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.