Law

Attacking Judges Is as American as Andrew Jackson

If your state legislature doesn't get its way, it can just toss the justices. Right?

That's the spirit.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Last month, Kansas legislators began laying the groundwork to impeach state Supreme Court justices whose rulings they don’t like. Conservative activists across the country have been engaging in similar efforts to replace liberal judges -- efforts that the news media are treating as some new and sinister development.  Sinister, maybe -- but certainly not new. Our politics, as commentators have noted, has entered its Jacksonian moment. Small wonder, then, that we are also reenacting the Jacksonian view of the courts.

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