Monday, May 09, 2005

Where have I heard this one before?

Interesting OP/ED contribution to the N.Y Times about the attempted destruction of the judicial branch by the Republicans. Apparently, this happened once before. I'd forgotten all about this, but the article is essentially just a rehash of the battle over the powers of the judiciary that led up to Marbury vs. Madison.
Essentially, the Republicans took power from the federalists in the executive and judiciary branches. Then they attempted to strip the power away from the judiciary because it was dominated by the federalists. A power struggled ensued eventually leading to Marbury vs. Madison and the courts establishing the power of judicial review.
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting OP/ED and anyone who has the time should give it a quick read.