Symposium: “Seem familiar?” and other random musings on Williams-Yulee

On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its opinion in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a case arising out of Florida decided by a five-to-four vote involving the confidence of the American public in the country’s judicial system. If the great American jurist Yogi Berra were still alive, he would undoubtedly describe a feeling of “déjà vu all over again.”
But whereas Bush v. Gore (2000) had an immediate nationwide impact, the likely short-term impact of Williams-Yulee will be negligible. After all, the later decision affirmed not only Florida’s prohibition of direct solicitation of campaign funds by judicial candidates, but also essentially gave constitutional approval to similar prohibitions in thirty other states. Thus, for the immediate future, the way in which judges are selected in this country will remain business as usual.
Predicting the long-term impact of Williams-Yulee is, of

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