There is a special election in Wisconsin tomorrow to elect a judge for the state's judiciary branch. It has become a highly controversial election because the result has the potential to shake-up Wisconsin politics: it will alter the balance of the court and allow left-leaning judges to strike down recent legislation that limits collective bargaining. Essentially, Democrats are turning the election into a referendum on Scott Walker. Or, perhaps he has turned it into a referendum on himself. Normally the candidates would be limited to $400,000 dollars to spend on their campaigns, but this election has rapidly drawn in outside support to the tune of some $5 million. This is the latest example of what has become a trend of partisan politics bleeding into the judiciary system. It began when President Obama in an address to Congress foolishly attacked the Supreme Court for striking down McCain-Feingold. It continues with recent state-level rulings in support of or against health care reform. Now the Supreme Court is likely to either approve to reject Obama's reforms, which is going to drag the national court into the mud and grit of politics. We are seeing how polarizing politics will affect state-level judiciary races. To quote blogger Jay Bookman: So what do we make of this? Is this the natural course of things, given the fact that politics has been highly partisan since the 1990s? Is this the result of a generation of low-blow politics? Or, is this something that can be changed? If so, how?