Sunday, April 06, 2008

WMC 2, Wisconsin 0.

Hi everyone,

Okay, let's do the math.

Last time, WMC spent millions to elect a supreme court justice who ended up paying $20,000 in fines for ethics violations.

This year, WMC spent millions to elect a so-called judicial conservative using ads that attacked his opponent for being a strict, almost conservative, adherent to the technical details of the law.

How ironic is that?

But I was still unsure about the the payoff for the WMC? Why would an association geared toward the interests of profit be interested in the Wisconsin Supreme Court?

I'm guessing it's about liability. They want justices who believe that corporate profits should always come before justice.

An organization that believes "greed is good" will stump for what it believes in: justices who will put greed ahead of goodness.

On the other hand, I remain weirdly optimistic -- it does happen that, once on the court, justices are free to do what they think is right, rather than what they think is politically pragmatic.

We'll have to keep an eye on them and find out.


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