Want to be more popular? Annoy the president

According to Rasmussen polling, the Supreme Court’s favorability ratings have taken a nice jump.

Just before the highly publicized hearing on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, ratings for the U.S. Supreme Court had fallen to the lowest level ever measured by Rasmussen Reports. Now, following the hearings, approval of the court is way up.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Likely U.S. Voters now rate the Supreme Court’s performance as good or excellent, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s up 13 points from 28% in mid-March and is the court’s highest ratings in two-and-a-half years.

Now, if you trust polls on this sort of thing, there are two possible circumstances that could be driving the turnaround:

1. The American people, after following all the ins-out-outs of last week’s proceedings, were thrilled by the high court’s newfound fidelity to enumerated powers and are anticipating the mandate will be struck down.

2. The American people heard something about the president’s attack on the Supreme Court and simply made the common-sense deduction that whoever President Obama was wagging his finger at these days was probably right about whatever it is was they were arguing about …