November 30, 2007
In our day
You remember the prophetic words of Justice Ryan in 1873, "The question shall arise, and arise in your day, which shall rule, wealth or man, which shall lead, money or intellect?" Our day is here and we must answer the question. The MJS reports today on a case involving millions of tax dollars.
WMC spent $2.5 million "to get him (J.B. Van Hollen, the State's top lawyer) elected last year...and more than $2 million to elect Annette Ziegler to the Supreme Court in April." Attorney General Van Hollen did not ask Ziegler to step aside in a case "partially bankrolled by" WMC--the same group that spent so much trying to control the Judicial branch.
Mike McCabe said, "We had never seen this kind of special interest involvement and influence in a campaign for the state's highest Law enforcement position, and we had never seen this kind of activity in a judicial campaign before." What's at stake? McCabe answered, "Public confidence in the integrity of our law enforcement system and our judicial system."
But, what's the big deal, asks Jim Pugh, spokesman for WMC: "No one should recuse themselves because they ran a campaign for public office." Whoa Nelly! What does that mean? I guess, and I'm forced to guess, that a campaign immunizes one from recusal. Why? Time for the governor to fight for public financing. OK, not for all races, but c'mon, the Supreme Court must be above questions raised about impartiality. This is the moment to answer Justice Ryan's question, "Which shall rule?"
Huckabee: He isn't great but he is one of the few seeking the GOP nod who seems like a normal person. It is preposterous to think of Giuliani or Romney in the White House, so Huckabee is gaining.
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