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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In Which I Berate a Cornell University Law Professor

Specifically, William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY.

Here is his astounding assessment.

Instapundit takes credit for predicting this rejection of democratic (small "d") minority rights once Democrats (large "D") learned that the Constitution and Senate rules and traditions incorporate protections for political minorities.
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What it all comes down to is a fundamental misunderstanding that the nation did not elect Democrats to pursue a liberal agenda. Democrats in Congress and Obama himself have fundamentally misread the mandate.

Yglesias and Pearlstein have cause and effect reversed. Democrats should be cooperating more with Republicans, not the other way around, because Republicans still incorporate the center-right national agenda. Democrats need to move to the center, Republicans do not need to move to the left.

Here is my response, in comments at his post.

Wow. I haven't seen anything that rich since Kirk wrote that Burke was conservative because he was liberal.

Don't you think that if the voters wanted the Republican agenda, they could have just done something different last November - like actually vote for Republicans?

Oh - and where were you on minority party rights during the previous regime? Just wondering . . .


Hat Tip to Scott at LGM, who considers the argument "transparently unserious."  So I probably wasted my time.  Felt good, though.

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