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Wednesday, October 02, 2002

The NJ Supreme Court Rules Unanimously

Election laws? Oh, whatever! Nominate whoever, whenever, and do try to let us know.

The seven justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a seven-page order that replacing Torricelli two weeks after a Sept. 16 state deadline for ballot changes was "in the public interest and the general intent of the election laws to preserve the two-party system."

May I make a prediction about "Submerging Issues 2002"? - Hi, we're the Democrats, and we are opposed to corporate cheats who abuse tax and accounting loopholes to advance their own financial interest. Please do not, however, ask for our position on political cheats who abuse legal loopholes to advance their own political power.

Other "Submerging Issues": can we please, please stop hearing about how Bush and Ashcroft are scary on the subject of civil rights? The NJ Supreme Court has just decided that a state with a Democrat Governor, a Democrat legislature, and two Democrat Senators can re-write the election laws for the benefit of the Democrat candidates. A bit of a rough go for the minority parties, such as the Greens, the Libertarians, and, in this state, the Republicans. Democrats respect the law, and respect the rights of minority groups? Save it.

And yes, there's more. The NY Times bleats happily that

"... legal wrangling over ballot access cannot be allowed to obscure the central issue, which is one of democracy. The guiding principle should be the voters' basic right to a genuine election."

Is there any chance whatsoever that a voters "basic right to a genuine election" could be extended to include greater free speech rights, over at the Times? If we don't need these confusing election laws, perhaps we could dispense with the confusing McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform". Such friends of freedom!

I can only think of the classic Mae West line from "My Little Chickadee". In a tense courtroom scene, a judge is angered by Ms. West's flippant attitude. Pounding his gavel, he thunders "Young lady, are you trying to show contempt for this court?". "No, your honor", she replies cooly, "I'm trying to hide it".

UPDATE: The Man Sans Q has deeper thoughts, to offset my darker ones. He mentions the First Amendment; some relevant commentary seems to be here.

UPDATE 2: The NJ Supreme Court can't be this stupid by accident. The truth is out there.

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