Skip to comments.Obama and Biden bode well for Constitution
Posted on 11/20/2008 4:27:30 PM PST by SJackson
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are supposedly very different pieces of the Democratic puzzle. Obama is the relative newcomer to Washington, the change agent. Biden is the senior "man of Washington," the old hand who can make change a reality. But Obama and Biden have one thing in common: They've both done stints as constitutional law professors. Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School -- along with brilliant former jurist and liberal Congressman Abner Mikva -- while Biden has for many years taught at Widener Law School in Delaware.
This unique pairing intrigues New York Congressman Jerry Nadler. "(Isn't this) a change?" muses Nadler, who chairs the Constitution subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. "After eight years of trashing the Constitution, we have an administration that actually respects the document."
Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, a House Judiciary Committee member, says that "if we are not able to hold the current administration to account, then when this administration hands over its responsibilities and authorities to a President Obama and to a Vice President Biden, they will responsibly choose not to exercise some of the powers that we would argue were overreaches by this administration. I would hope, also, that they would choose to help us to renounce the activities -- torture and rendition, spying on American citizens without a warrant, outing CIA agents, whatever it is -- that have been identified as abuses. Given their grounding in constitutional law, they should be inclined to do that."
So maybe when a new president and vice president swear oaths to defend the Constitution, they might actually mean it?
"Exactly," says Baldwin.
As well as incorrectly stating that the VPOTUS role was only in the Executive Branch and that it is therefore exclusively and Executive office. The VPOTUS role is discussed in BOTH Article I and II.
And yet neither of them have any clue about the Constitution and what it really means.
Not a peep from the MSM. Its all over the blogosphere.
And RUSHmore hasn't even mentioned it.Guess he won't tip his hand.
Would I ever like to be an ant on the window sill listening in on that one!
Obamabi just got throgh dissing Thomas publicly last week.
It does bode well for “the constitution”. The problem is that its the Soviet Unions constitution
Are they kidding?!
Where does one begin?
Obama understands the Constitution...he called it “fundamentally flawed.” He understands it; he just disagrees with it!
Okay, where the HE [double toothpicks] is the BARF alert?
The execrable author of this execrable piece, John Nichols, would contend that, certainly, he has an unlimited right to free speech. Because he is a right-thinking liberal.
Limbaugh, Hannity and you, however, do not. Because they are wrong-headed, mean-spirited conservatives.
He would assert this with a straight face.
“So maybe when a new president and vice president swear oaths to defend the Constitution, they might actually mean it?”
Is the writer suggesting that Obama and Biden will try to get “Roe vs. Wade”, “Kelo”, and “Boumadienne” reversed ?
Been following that on World Net Daily - seems several law suits out there ... then did Kerry ever show his form 180(?) - I think the MSM will just push that aside as Obama bashing/racist comments and go on to other things like praising Michelles wardrobe ...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
You may be right, but the matter will be before a conference of SCOTUS Justices on Dec.5, as arranged via Justice Clarence Thomas, after Justice Souter Declined.
Its now beyond the pale where the matter can be treated
We’ll have to see. Thomas is not a man to back down from any issue.
( Yeshe Tsogyal was a Sky Dancer, consort of Padma Sambhava. You have a nice handle , in Tibetan skydancers were called “ Lhamo”)
The last “professor” of Constitutional Law we had in the White House did not know what “is” is. You expect either of these clowns to be any different?
Good for the Constitution..... What sort of Kool-Aid are they drinking in Madison???
Fairness Doctorine (Violates the 1st Amendment)??? Gun Control (Second Amendment)??? Affirmative Action to the hilt???? Not defending the country adequately by disarming to the point that the US is threatened and can’t respond (Article 1-Duties of the Executive)???
After they collapse the goobermint, perhaps the remnant of survivors will create a new Government that actually abides by the Constitution. That is the only way Dumb and Dumber are going to help the Constitution.
Well, the dems are now in office, let’s see how many places where the Constitution was trashed and the new guys are feverishly put things aright.
I chose Skydancer because I used to fly sailplanes and did all sorts of loops and things while listening to music ...
What are you doing this weekend?
Beam me over...;-)
Study study study ... I’m now an FO on bizjets ....
You have between 50 and 400 hrs per year?
You must have some very interesting stories!
James Buchanan wasn’t gay?
America has walked the plank with these two, but they have a convenient excuse named George Bush.