Your confirmation is bitterly opposed (because you’re corrupt), your opinions make little sense, and you end up on the wrong side of history with just about every ruling.
You've reached a level of borderline competency, and you don't slow down the Court's docket too much. However, the other justices nickname you "Goofy."
You show up, do your job, even write a few opinions that stand the test of time. No brilliant legal thinking or true historical accomplishments, though.
Now you're in a groove! You sway fellow justices to your side, write memorable opinions, and help steer the course of history. Even your political opponents grudgingly respect you.
You're chief justice and you're darn good at it. If your name is "Jones," this Court is known as "the Jones Court." Two hundred years from now schoolchildren will read about the Jones Court and its positive influence on American society.