Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Five times, Washington voters gave their approval to measures requiring a two-thirds vote of the state Legislature to raise taxes.
One time, a majority of nine state Supreme Court justices said "no," issuing a 6-3 ruling today that overturns Initiative 1053, the two-thirds tax measure that voters approved by nearly 64 percent in 2010.
And that's the opinion that prevails, at least for now.
The irony in the decision was not lost on Justice James Johnson who wrote in his dissenting opinion that the court's majority members claimed a "fear of tyrannical minority control" as a result of the two-thirds threshold.
And yet through a single decision, "a court of nine people (actually only six votes) is imposing their policy preferences over that of the 1,575,655 voters who passed Initiative 1053 and the millions who qualified and passed similar tax protections."
If the irony is noteworthy, so too is the fact that the court decided even to take up the issue.
Justice Charles Johnson observed in his written dissent that by doing so, the court had abandoned its longheld practice of staying above the political fray.