March 27, 2008
John Grisham has written a novel that reads like a Pulitzer Prize winning series on the Wisconsin Supreme Court races last year and this. I won't give away the ending but please go out and buy The Appeal. You may not like it but then no one likes the Gableman-Butler or the Ziegler-Clifford contests. The most recent TV spots insult our intelligence and cry out for public financing. Awful stuff. Gableman falsely accuses Butler of releasing a criminal from prison; Butler accuses Gableman of being soft on crime; both rely on support from the police, for heaven's sake. Do we really care what law enforcement officers think about the Supreme Court? Whoa Nelly! How would the police have ruled on Miranda? Take a wild guess!
No law professors appear in the spots; the views of the Deans of the state's two law schools do not rise to the level of the local cop on the beat. No mention of our disastrous prison population draining the State's resources by either candidate. No discussion of Truth in Sentencing. Is the law helping or hurting?
We need a statewide meeting to agree on reforming court races. If the attacks continue, no one will run for the Court.
Dems: A few days in the sun did not improve my mood in watching and listening to the Clinton attacks on Barack Obama. The attacks are low-blows and show a total disregard for the impact on the general election. McCain loves it.
Time for the democrats to get the Democrats in line.
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