Term Limit: Nothing Is Forever

Nothing Is Forever

"It's over," growled California assembly speaker Willie Brown. He was referring to his career: the U.S. Supreme Court had just rejected his yearlong campaign to stave off California's term-limit law, and the flamboyant Brown, the state's most powerful Democrat, has been in the legislature for 27 years -- more than four times longer than the new law permits. He even compared term limits to the infamous poll taxes that long kept blacks from voting in the old South. "Poll taxes were designed to limit choices. Term limits were designed to limit choices," fumed Brown. "One wore a sheet and the other...