Editorial: Roberts asks why trust in the court has plunged. He’s seated among the answers

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts lamented recently that he didn’t “understand” why the court’s legitimacy has been diminished in Americans’ eyes merely because it has issued “opinions people disagree with.” If he really thinks that’s the problem, then, no, he doesn’t understand at all. Any sober assessment of the court’s behavior in the relatively brief period since Senate Republicans repeatedly rewrote the rules to stack it with conservatives yields a clear conclusion: The court is increasingly being viewed as a tool for partisan political hackery because it’s increasingly acting like one.