Federal judges are different; they have life-time appointments. Our framers rightly valued the independence of the federal judiciary over accountability, protecting judges from the whims of the president, and insulating them from a reactionary public that dislikes a decision. This bit of constitutional design ensures that our judges decide difficult cases with focus only upon the correct outcome in the eyes of the law. Given the permanence of these appointments, it is of utmost necessity that they be made in a way that unquestionably reflects the will of the people through their senators. After all, the 17th Amendment allowed the people to directly elect their senators, ensuring that in the United States Senate, the people have a voice, not the states.