Phil, I think I’m with Glenn Reynolds on this one. I can’t think of anything less federalist in spirit than the Constitution being amended to tell STATE courts what to do. But I confess that I have never been a fan of court “stripping” measures like some that were kicked around the Reagan Justice Department to deprive courts(federal ones in that case–they never would have dreamed of messing with state ones) of jurisdiction over items like busing. There are far better remedies for the excesses of the courts(especially in state systems where lifetime appointments are rare) than mucking with an independent judiciary. I liked the old Thompson and current McCain and Rudy position: a constitutional amendment at this stage is a solution in search of a problem. For now, let’s see if the good courts of Iowa for example can straighten this out or those fine voters who all the candidates fawn over can fix this through other means.
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