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“Constitutional Law” vs. the Constitution


What most law professors call “constitutional law” bears little relation to the actual Constitution.  So for anyone who needs yet another reason not to vote for Obama-Biden, Jeffrey Rosen’s essay “Constitutional Biden” in the new issue of the New Republic inadvertently provides one:  “It’s the first time that professors of constitutional law have occupied both slots on a ticket.”


Relatedly, Mark Steyn and his readers have modified William F. Buckley Jr.’s old line to read:  “I would rather be governed by the first 500 names in the Wasilla, AK phone book than by the editors of The Harvard Law Review.”  Amen.

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