The new American Political Science Review recently arrived and I'd like to call the readership's attention to an article in it by James L. Gibson (Wash U), entitled "Challenges to the Impartiality of State Supreme Courts: Legitimacy Theory and "New Style" Judicial Campaigns." What a timely topic -- judicial campaigning -- as Wisconsin is currently enduring a battle of interest group commercials (complete with dead bodies in them!!) about the state supreme court incumbent and his challenger. (See FactCheck.org for coverage.) Does campaigning for judgeships affect the legitimacy of the courts?? See Gibson (he's got lots of other things going on this question as well) for a possible answer, and post here to discuss.