People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building as arguments are heard for and against Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009.
Whatever your opinion on same-sex marriage, here's something all Californians might agree upon: there's never been a more wasteful campaign than Prop 8.
Determining the "most wasteful" campaign is a subjective judgment of course, but it's hard to imagine topping Prop 8. Consider:
And here's the important point: Prop 8 isn't the only ballot initiative to cause a furor and draw in money, only to be overturned in the courts. (Prop 187, the immigration initiative in 1994, is another such measure). How can California prevent similar wasteful measures? One possible method would be to require each initiative to get a legal review for constitutionality before it goes on the ballot. Yes, that would give judges power over what gets on the ballot. But it also might save Californians considerable time and money.