NOW THAT yesterday's primary is behind us, it's obvious that anyone paying attention to the way judges are chosen in Philadelphia is bound to come away with a host of strong feelings, all pretty much negative.
The words that immediately come to mind are: outrageous, disgraceful, pitiful, obscene. And those are the milder terms.
How else to react to a system that openly courts convicted felons as electoral advisers? That measures the worthiness of judicial candidates by how well they can sing karaoke? That has judicial candidates handing ward leaders checks for $1,000 or $2,000 in return for possible endorsements, and party-endorsed candidates forking over as much as $35,000 to Democratic City Committee?
And there is this, which I guess is about judges, but could reference Philly politics generally:
We, as citizens, need for them to live up to their leadership positions by working to make sure that merit and qualifications are part of the system.Check out the whole thing if you get a chance.
The alternative to this is the same old failed mechanisms. Philadelphia cannot afford that. We must demand action from our political leaders now.