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The Republican War on Democracy

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The Pennsylvania courts, as you know, are requiring the state to use an electoral map that slightly favors Republicans rather than one that massively overrepresents them. The Republican response has been predictable:

But now the impeachment talk is getting serious, as the Hill reports:

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) called for a “conversation” about impeaching state Supreme Court justices over their new congressional map, which both parties say will benefit Democrats.

At a press conference, Toomey said it was “inevitable” that state lawmakers would consider impeachment over the redrawing of the state’s new congressional maps, which he called a “power grab” by state Democrats.

Actually, to be more precise, Toomey called it a “blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab,” and while he didn’t say that it rose to the level of an impeachable offense, it sure sounds like it would were it true.

At the very least, it’s time to figure out if Republicans have the power to reshape the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if they apply to the task the kind of unity they have exhibited in their impressively partisan gerrymandering efforts. The answer is probably yes.

The idea that this was a “coup” is ridiculous — this is exactly the kind of constitutional violation that the courts are best-positioned to address, and the idea that if a power is constitutionally delegated to a legislature it forecloses judicial review of legislative enactments is just absurd. But that’s the argument the “respectable” right is setting it up, and it might lead to impeachment of judges for doing their jobs.

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