OT: The mood of the electorate

By now we’ve all seen the headlines about Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky.

Here’s one that’s not about partisan politics at all. Voters in Texas refused to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges. Methinks “old people” are becoming a disfavored group among the electorate. Hard to imagine why.

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one federal judge in TX did little but review work from his clerks for years before mandatory retirement. This was taken to the point of rubber-stamping opinions and summary judgements on a consistent basis.

Now that he’s retired, somebody else can review the clerk’s work before ruling.

In other news, retirement just changes the status of an otherwise active government official. Judges can still be quite active (AND INFLUENTIAL) after they have been put out to pasture.

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