In today’s repeat performance (link here), the Wisconsin State Journal calls for appointing Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices. They publish this call at least several times a year.
Considered purely on its own, out of context, it’s not crazy. This line is pretty good, in fact:
…These ugly judicial elections, driven by shadowy special interest groups with lots at stake in future court decisions, are a huge contributor to our high court’s embarrassing dysfunction.
And this, too:
…as judicial campaigns have become more vicious and money-soaked…
But this all applies to elections generally.
Why be concerned about the court, but not the governorship or the legislature? That’s one question, and the answer is a mystery to us. And a second question is — having noted that bushels of outside money influencing or actually controlling the outcome of elections is an OBVIOUS problem — why does the WSJ not consider attacking that OBVIOUS problem itself? They don’t say.