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Gov. Palin's Judicial Pick:

Jeralyn Merritt has unearthed some information on Governor Palin's sole appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court. With a retirement pending, Palin may make another appointment later this year.

Mikeyes (mail):
Over a dozen "Palin" articles on the Conspiracy this weekend and none on the constitutional implications of the massive and coordinated arrests of protesters and their lawyers just before the RNC convention.

What gives?
8.31.2008 10:59am
SandyT:
She appointed a trial lawyer? Ugh.

Also, I have to say, these arrests are very troubling from a prior restraint point of view.
8.31.2008 11:20am
cirby (mail):

She appointed a trial lawyer?


On the other hand, she's not one. Or a lawyer at all.

Neither is McCain.

This is the first major Presidential ticket since Reagan/Bush without a lawyer on it.
8.31.2008 11:38am
Sally:
Neither Bush nor Cheney is a lawyer.
8.31.2008 11:45am
Dave N (mail):
I noted in the linked article that her appointee, Daniel Winfree "has been actively involved in the state's legal community, serving as a member, secretary, treasurer, president-elect and president of the Alaska Bar Association."

This is Harriet Meiers all over again.
8.31.2008 11:56am
SATA_Interface:
But Dave, at least her circles are less influential than a Supreme Court appointee! I agree with you though; a little patronage.

I wonder if the VP picks were timed to take a least a week or two worth of heat off of each candidate while the microscope is turned to Biden and Palin...
8.31.2008 12:11pm
volokh groupie:
@Dave N

yeah..cause SCOTUS is perfectly analagous to the Alaskan Supreme Court

When talkleft can barely pick apart the pick you know it wasn't that bad a pick.
8.31.2008 12:16pm
Dave N (mail):
Gosh, I am mildly sarcastic and I get flamed twice in 20 minutes. Actually, the appointment seems fine by me and Justice Winfree seems eminently qualified.
8.31.2008 12:36pm
OrinKerr:
Over a dozen "Palin" articles on the Conspiracy this weekend and none on the constitutional implications of the massive and coordinated arrests of protesters and their lawyers just before the RNC convention.

What gives?


Mikeeyes,

Our hope is that by intentionally not reporting on this obviously important story, it will cease to exist. Remember: If it's not debated at the Volokh Conspiacy, it never happened. Incidentaly, we are also not reporting on the evacuation of more than a million people from Hurricane Gustav, also part of our plan.
8.31.2008 1:03pm
Golda:
"by intentionally not reporting"

We don't need reporting, I don't think. It would be useful to get an anlaylsis from a first amendement and/or libertarian view point. Of course, your blog, but in the past you (as in the plural you all) have taken suggestions in the comments and run with them. I realize the commenter was snarky so I understand the response. Thanks.
8.31.2008 1:25pm
Mikeyes (mail):
I wasn't being snarky, just asking a question. This is a blog dedicated to the Constitution and the First Amendment has received a lot of attention in the past.

Snarky
(for this audience) would making the parallel between Theodore Roosevelt's ascension to the Vice Presidency in order to get rid of his reforming ways in New York (via Sen Hannah) and Sen Steven's need to rid himself of a reforming governor in his state. Make an historical comment that has nothing to do with reality yet puts in a little jab :grin:
8.31.2008 2:15pm
Nate in Alice:
I'm shocked and dismayed by the general reaction to Palin here at VC. It's quite obvious that she's a) unqualified and b) a purely strategic pick (cynical, at that), and yet we have several front pagers and tons of comments stretching her thin experience to make it look more substantive.

I would wager that most of VC's writers, and even commenters, are far more knowledgeable about international law, and the federal government, than Ms. Palin. This is really frightening....she makes W. look like a scholar, by the way.
8.31.2008 2:20pm
Gabriel Malor (mail):
This is the first major Presidential ticket since Reagan/Bush without a lawyer on it.

That's the second time I've seen that inaccurate statement. Is that being reported by the media or something?
8.31.2008 2:27pm
Josh644 (mail):

This is the first major Presidential ticket since Reagan/Bush without a lawyer on it.

That's the second time I've seen that inaccurate statement. Is that being reported by the media or something?


And it wasn't even that long ago. It would be non-notable even if it were true. Weird.
8.31.2008 2:39pm
Malthus:
Palin is one of the very few top candidates since Carter not to have been sexually mutilated at birth. And her math and science credentials are as least as good as all those since Carter, and better than those of any citting on SCOTUS, except perhaps for Breyer.
8.31.2008 2:40pm
kiniyakki (mail):

It's quite obvious that she's a) unqualified and b) a purely strategic pick

Your first point is debatable, but what is wrong with a strategic pick? In fact, why on earth would any presidential candidate make a non strategic pick for a vice-president?

As to the unqualified - if you pick a person experienced (like Biden), you get yelled at for picking a person entrenched in politics. If you pick a person who is not entrenched in the powers that be, you get criticized for lack of experience. How do you win? Nobody will ever have it all. Besides, it is not "obvioius" to me - or a lot of others - that she is not qualified. At most, your argument is really "in my opinion, she is not qualified."
8.31.2008 2:43pm
Malthus:
Romney would have been the pick if McCain had wanted a very experienced executive not entrenched in Washington politics. Too bad McCain dislikes him intensely.

His Mormon handicap isn't much worse than her Fundamentalist handicap, at least as far as common sense is concerned.
8.31.2008 2:51pm
PC:
And her math and science credentials are as least as good as all those since Carter


It's getting really hard to tell what's parody. A person that believes that the Earth is 6,000 years old, does not believe in evolution, and that the Earth was literally created in 7 days has math and science credentials?
8.31.2008 2:54pm
Nate in Alice:
Well, hey, if you want to double down on the "qualified" pick, next time it's Republican primary season, go find a small town mayor of a state, say Wyoming, and try to catapult that person into the White House.

It's just absurd.
8.31.2008 2:54pm
OrinKerr:
Mikeeyes,

Asking "what gives" because someone isn't spending a beautiful day blogging about a minor story over a holiday weekend is really sort of a weird thing to do. Or so it seems to me, anyway.

Anyway, hat are the legal issues you think should be blogged? I haven't followed the story, but the only legal issue generally presented with arrests is whether there was probable cause to make the arrest based on a constitutionally valid statute. If you have evidence that there was no probable cause or the statute was invalid, then show us the evidence (providing links, of course) and explain why you think that.
8.31.2008 3:01pm
Gabriel Malor (mail):
Good thing Republicans didn't do that this time, right Nate?

PC, we know Palin is religious and would be open to teaching both evolution and creationism in schools. But seem to have more specific information than that. Source?
8.31.2008 3:03pm
Malthus:
PC--

I didn't extol her math and science credentials, but merely pointed out that they are a match for those of any recent executive or justice. Al Gore and Clarence Thomas, for instance.
8.31.2008 3:07pm
EIDE_Interface (mail):
Prove it that Sarah Palin think the Earth has only existed for 6000 years. Smear merchant!
8.31.2008 3:35pm
Dan M.:
So are we going to see all these accusations that Palin is a fundamentalist all over the place just because she said she believes in creation, and because she retracted her statement about teaching creationism in science class (which is on the state's Republican Party platform) and simply said that students should be allowed to talk about it in class if someone asks a critical question? And that she said she was not focused on that issue and would not at all use creationism as a factor in appointing members to the state Board of Education and that teaching creationism in schools is not an issue that she really cares about?

So believing in creation makes one a fundamentalist now? Can you even be a Christian at all if you don't believe that God created the universe?
8.31.2008 3:39pm
Dan M.:
And how many times are we going to keep hearing the lie that Sarah Palin was a mayor just 2 years ago? Here's a hint, people, it was SIX YEARS AGO.
8.31.2008 3:41pm
Jonathan H. Adler (mail) (www):
As detailed here, Gov. Palin stated in a 2006 gubernatorial debate that she has no objection to "teaching both" evolution and creation, but later clarified that she did not think the state should require the teaching of creationism or other anti-evolution theories alongside evolution. "I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn't have to be part of the curriculum," she said. Beyond other statements reaffirming her belief in God, I have seen nothing that would indicate she supports making creationism part of school science curricula or is a young-earth creationist herself.

JHA
8.31.2008 3:43pm
Oren:

So believing in creation makes one a fundamentalist now? Can you even be a Christian at all if you don't believe that God created the universe?

(1) Believing that the biblical creation story belongs in a science class makes you a fundamentalist. It evidences a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of science -- to test falsifiable theories.
(2) Believing in evolution does not commit you to believing in ontological naturalism. The latter implies the former, not the other way around.
(3) Belief that God created the universe is a far sight different than the assertion that God created the universe in the manner specified by one of many bibles.
8.31.2008 3:52pm
Oren:

Too bad McCain dislikes [Romney] intensely.

After what Mitt said about him in the primary? Fuggetaboutit.
8.31.2008 3:59pm
Michael J.Z. Mannheimer (mail):
She should have elevated Judge David Mannheimer of the Alaska Court of Appeals. A great judge, and "Justice Mannheimer" has such a nice ring to it.
8.31.2008 4:10pm
Dave N (mail):
Michael J.Z. Mannheimer,

Is David Mannheimer a relative perchance?
8.31.2008 4:34pm
AKD:

Asked for her personal views on evolution, Palin said, "I believe we have a creator."


Truly damning. The atheist majority in America is sure to reject her.
8.31.2008 4:37pm
R. Gould-Saltman (mail):
JHA: Nice try at clean-up, as was Palin's itself.

The actual Palin quote as taken from the Anchorage News, was explicitly in regard to "Creationism", (not simply "Intelligent Design") and was:

"Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both."

That's not "I don't object", and to characterize it as "I don't object" is misleading at best, as is characterizing the term "Creationism", or "creation science" as meaning only a belief "that God created the Universe". "Creationism" or "Creation Science" is sometuing which Palin and others believe should be taught as an "alternative" to the "theory of evolution". Darwin, and Wallace pretty clearly believed in God, and God as Creator, so if "creationism" is nothing more than a belief that God created the universe, the idea that it is an "alternative" to evolution is unintelligible.
8.31.2008 4:49pm
AKD:
And she just as explicitly said this:


In an interview Thursday, Palin said she meant only to say that discussion of alternative views should be allowed to arise in Alaska classrooms:

"I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

She added that, if elected, she would not push the state Board of Education to add such creation-based alternatives to the state's required curriculum.

Members of the state school board, which sets minimum requirements, are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

"I won't have religion as a litmus test, or anybody's personal opinion on evolution or creationism," Palin said.


So, where is the evidence of her pushing creationsim on the state School Board, or of making appointments to the Board with religion as a litmus test. Without that, there is no reason to believe the above is not a statement of a her actual position.
8.31.2008 4:57pm
David Warner:
Number of public school classrooms in the United States where creationism is taught: zero
Number of unrepentant terrorists elected to prestigious and influential educational posts: one

"Ayers's influence on what is taught in the nation's public schools is likely to grow in the future. Last month, he was elected vice president for curriculum of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation's largest organization of education-school professors and researchers. Ayers won the election handily, and there is no doubt that his fellow education professors knew whom they were voting for."

Keep chasing those bogeymen.
8.31.2008 5:03pm
PC:
So believing in creation makes one a fundamentalist now?


No, believing in creationism does not make you a fundamentalist. Believing creationism should be taught in schools as an alternative to evolution does.

As we learned through the Rev. Wright episode, scrutinizing the views of a politician's pastor is not only allowed now, but is encouraged.

Palin's spiritual leaders are Dominionists. As to how much Palin agrees with her Dominionist spiritual leaders: she believes in preventing abortion even in the case of rape or incest and she believes married couples should not use contraception. Those views are well outside of the mainstream in America. The Dominionist wing of the Christian Right is ecstatic over her pick. She is one of them.

You also have to take into account the nature of Dominionism. Domionists do not believe in secular government, instead believing that the US should be ruled according to biblical law. It's Christian Sharia.

Back when the Rev. Wright controversy was being discussed on this blog I asked the conservative commenters if they really wanted to make a politician's church and religious affiliations political fodder. I was told yes, it's an important measure of a person's judgment.

So here we are with a candidate that could be a half-heartbeat away from the presidency that associates with people that do not believe in the first amendment and thinks the US should be governed by (their interpretation of) biblical law.
8.31.2008 5:11pm
Dan M.:
Yes, I agree that believing that the Biblical story of creation belongs in a science class qualifies one as a fundamentalist. I wouldn't disagree that the people who started the Intelligent Design movement have that goal, but I don't think the majority of people who say they support the teaching of creationism actually want the Bible taught in school.
8.31.2008 5:16pm
Dan M.:
So, if Sarah Palin starts talking about her spiritual advisors, and you have video of one of them screaming "God Damn America" and another one supporting the murder of gun shop owners (or, say, the bombing of abortion clinics, in her case) then let me know and I will denounce her. But if you really mean to tell me that everyone who is a member of Campus Crusade or Fellowship of Christian Athletes is looking to get rid of the Bill of Rights and live by Old Testament law then I think that's pretty silly.

Your post would assume that, for instance, all United Methodists support gay marriage because the United Methodists Conference decided to support it (because two of its high ups turned out to be lesbians). While some pastors and some churches disassociated themselves with the United Methodists in disgust, others stayed in the church, since they still believed in the teachings of John Wesley.

Or perhaps you are suggesting that all Republicans have exactly the same beliefs.

I do know that when I went to church I cared a lot more about the message of the pastor I was listening to than about the policies of the high ups in the national church.
8.31.2008 5:31pm
Jerry F:
PC: Do you have any evidence that Palin's spiritual leaders are Dominionists? There is huge difference between mainstream Christian Right figures (e.g., James Dobson, Pat Robertson) and the Dominionists (e.g., Gary North, R.J. Rushdoony). I think that Palin fits within the first group. The first group is as far to the right as, say, Barack Obama or Howard Dean are to the left. The second group is pretty much as far to the right as Jeremiah Wright or Al Sharpton are to the left, so I tend to agree that they should be kept away from the Whitehouse. The fact that actual Dominionists may celebrate Palin's nomination does not say anything in itself since they would be happy to see any Christian Right figure in the Whitehouse, even one who is not associated with Dominionism. Similarly, Communists and liberation theologists, as well as some Muslim terrorists (e.g., Hamas) may celebrate Obama's nomination, but that does not make Obama a Communist or a terrorist-sympathizer.

Also, can you point to a source that says that Palin believes that contraception (even among married couples) should be illegal? Obviously, if she is just personally against contraception but does not believe that it should be illegal, there is no issue. In any case, opposition to contraception is basic Catholic doctrine and so, while it may be uncommon among protestants, it is not completely outside of the American mainstream.
8.31.2008 5:35pm
Jerry F:
I should note that if Sarah Palin has had someone like Rushdoony or Gary North as a spiritual advisor and close family friend for 20 years, and/or if her first Alaskan campaign had been launched by a guy who used to bomb abortion clinics (and who now claims that he did not bomb enough abortion clinics), I would oppose her nomination and vote Democrat. (Or, at least I would if the other side's ticket did not include Barack Obama).
8.31.2008 5:43pm
wb (mail):
"It evidences a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of science -- to test falsifiable theories."

You'd better start educating yourself about the "string theory" debates in physics.

"The Dominionist wing of the Christian Right is ecstatic over her pick. She is one of them."

And your proof is? Zero!!!
8.31.2008 5:52pm
aconservativeteacher (mail) (www):
Found this over at http://www.sitnews.us/1107news/111907/111807_winfree.html

"In his life and his legal career, Daniel Winfree has demonstrated an impressive intellect, a generous heart and a profound respect for the legal system and Constitution it relies on to guide civil life in Alaska," Governor Palin said. "I am gratified at the opportunity to place this fine man and outstanding attorney on the Alaska Supreme Court, and am confident he will serve the people of the state with wisdom and integrity."

This is good news- she mentioned his respect for teh Constitution, and not his desire to be an rogue activist.
8.31.2008 6:05pm
PC:
Do you have any evidence that Palin's spiritual leaders are Dominionists?


Start here to find out about Pastor Mike Rose, the pastor of Palin's Assembly of God church. Then take a look at the Rodney Howard-Brown connection here.

The Palin pick is two days old and there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of information out there about her yet. There may be no there there, but initial impression says it merits looking into. While Obama's pastor said some offensive things, nothing that Obama has spoken about seems to agree with the radical views of Rev. Wright (AIDS was created by the government and the other tinfoil hatter stuff).

Dominionists tend to worry me a bit more than other US based radical religious movements because their ideology centers itself around instituting religious government. Stoning gays and lesbians, (their version) of Christianity as the only religion, etc.
8.31.2008 6:05pm
aconservativeteacher (mail) (www):
Okay, based on this news story, her nominee appears to be pro-life, and will side with a majority in weakening some of the more far-left pro-choice stuff.

http://lifenews.com/state2969.html

All of this information is over at my website, if you want to take a look.
8.31.2008 6:13pm
Michael J.Z. Mannheimer (mail):
Dave N,

Nome, he's not (couldn't resist).
8.31.2008 6:36pm
Pon Raul (mail):
All of this pro-Romney talk is a bunch of sour grapes or Democrats (such as David Post) being critical without basis for purely political reasons. A Romney selection would have caused me to vote for Barr, and I am guessing that it would have made others do the same. You can't trust Romney because he will only do things that help him politically. He switched positions more often than Kerry. He was very critical of McCain and part of the job of a VP is to make the head of the ticket look good. Plus, his healthcare plan was very similar to H. Clinton's. I do not think that Romney is someone who would have made the base rally or really even put independents in play. I do not oppose him because he is Mormon, unless it is his Mormonness that makes him too slick to be trusted.

The logically challenged like David Post can talk all they want about how Palin is a bad choice, but you can only compare a choice against the other possible choices. There is no perfect choice. For every other possible VP pick out there, I think that I can make the argument that their selection would have been worse than the selection of Palin.

For example, most of the other governers out there don't have significant foreign policy experience. Plus, Tim is boring. Bobby has too much work to do in LA and has only been governer for one year. We already have too many Senators on the two major tickets, plus Senators are famous for only knowing how to talk about issues. Biden certainly knows how to talk, but has he ever had to implement a foreign policy. Yes, it is true that Palin does not have significant foreign policy experience, but what Republican other than someone currently in the Bush administration does?

So, I say to all of you Palin haters out there, e.g., David Post, STFU unless you have an argument for why someone would have been a significantly better pick.
8.31.2008 6:44pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
http://gov.state.ak.us/print_news-17852.html

Jury Rights Day



WHEREAS, September 5, 2007, will mark the 337th anniversary of the day when the jury, in the trial of William Penn, refused to convict him of violating England's Conventicle Acts, despite clear evidence that he acted illegally by preaching a Quaker sermon to his congregation.

WHEREAS, by refusing to apply what they determined was an unjust law, the Penn jury not only served justice, but provided a basis for the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

WHEREAS, September 5th, 2007, also commemorates the day when four of Penn's jurors began nine weeks of incarceration for finding him not guilty. Their later release and exoneration established forever the English and American legal doctrine that it is the right and responsibility of the trial jury to decide on matters of law and fact.

WHEREAS, the Sixth and Seventh Amendments are included in the Bill of Rights to preserve the right to trial by jury, which in turn conveys upon the jury the responsibility to defend, with its verdict, all other individual rights enumerated or implied by the U.S. Constitution, including its Amendments.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 5, 2007, as:

Jury Rights Day

in Alaska, in recognition of the integral role the jury, as an institution, plays in our legal system.

Dated: August 31, 2007
8.31.2008 7:52pm
PC:
Oppo research has started in earnest:

— And, maybe, censorship. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla's library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, said that Palin asked her outright if she "could live with censorship of library books." Palin later dismissed the conversation as a "rhetorical" exercise.


Of course it was just "rhetorical."
8.31.2008 8:13pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
I would wager that most of VC's writers, and even commenters, are far more knowledgeable about international law, and the federal government, than Ms. Palin. This is really frightening....she makes W. look like a scholar, by the way.
Really? Look, if you want to argue that she's relatively young and her resume is relatively short, nobody but the extreme partisan hacks would deny that. But what basis is there for imputing this sort of ignorance to her?

I would assume she, and pretty much 49 other governors in the U.S., are less knowledgeable about many aspects of law than most of VC writers, who are, after all, full-time law professors. But other than being attractive, what basis do you have for treating her as dumb?
8.31.2008 8:22pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
Well, hey, if you want to double down on the "qualified" pick, next time it's Republican primary season, go find a small town mayor of a state, say Wyoming, and try to catapult that person into the White House.
What the hell is a "small town mayor of a state"?
8.31.2008 8:23pm
Bozo:
Eugene Volokh posts pic of Palin visiting wounded in Iraq soldier in Germany:
http://volokh.com/files/jim-800px-Sarah_Palin_Germany_4.jpg

Wow!

But wait? Which hospital on this Planet Earth of ours keeps patients in bed wearing the clean, ironed military uniforms? Remember, he was supposedly evacuated from Iraq war zone day earlier.

Eugene, you wanna lie to us? Then just get right pictures!
8.31.2008 8:35pm
Bozo:
8.31.2008 8:37pm
Jerry F:
PC: I quite agree with you that we should keep Dominionists out of position of power. That said:

"While Obama's pastor said some offensive things, nothing that Obama has spoken about seems to agree with the radical views of Rev. Wright (AIDS was created by the government and the other tinfoil hatter stuff)."

True. But in Palin's case, so far, we do not even have evidence that her religious leaders have said things that are even close to be as offensive as Wright's radical views, much less that Palin herself would agree with such radical statements. If you find evidence that her spiritual leader is an actual Dominionist who believes in, for example, imposing the death penalty for homosexual conduct, then that would make Palin's situation comparable to Obama's in that respect (and presumably in that case people would be asking that she distance herself from said person; after all, McCain distanced himself from John Hagee for much, much less).

Also, I can't help but finding your speculations about Palin's possible desire to censor library books ironic given that the Princeton University library removed access to Michelle Obama's senior thesis and the Obama campaign worked with the Chicago public library system to take out information connecting Obama to Ayers.
8.31.2008 8:53pm
Gabriel Malor (mail):
Bozo, complain to Reuters. It's their photo:

Here's the accompanying text:

Gov. Sarah Palin visits Army Private James Pattison during a morale tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl , Germany, July 26, 2007.
(U.S. Air Force/Airman First Class Kenny Holston/Handout/Reuters)

The funniest part of your objection to Prof. Volokh is that you seem to think that he fabricated her well documented trip to Germany. What's the point of such an easily disproved lie?
8.31.2008 8:55pm
PC:
Also, I can't help but finding your speculations about Palin's possible desire to censor library books ironic given that the Princeton University library removed access to Michelle Obama's senior thesis and the Obama campaign worked with the Chicago public library system to take out information connecting Obama to Ayers.


Not a big fan of "they did it too!", but yes, that was wrong. Covering up specific information (I'll look it up) from the Obama's is certainly not the proper way to own up to your past.

There's also a basic competency test, one would hope:

Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of
Allegiance? Why or why not?
...
SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
...


Beyond the idea that the pledge was written by a socialist in the late 19th century, the idea that "Under God" was put into it by our founding fathers (rather than a half century after its writing)?

Yeah, trivia I guess.
8.31.2008 10:20pm
Michael J.Z. Mannheimer (mail):
Maybe she meant the founding fathers of Alaska!
8.31.2008 11:29pm
metro1 (mail) (www):
Palin interview on CNBC:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=836384597&play=1
9.1.2008 1:09am
Blind sheep:

Gabriel Malor:

The funniest part of your objection to Prof. Volokh is that you seem to think that he fabricated her well documented trip to Germany. What's the point of such an easily disproved lie?


Eugene did not fabricate. That is clear. Eugene is dumb by recyclyng an OBVIOUS LIE staged by PsyOps.

That "soldier" jumped into the bed a few seconds earlier just for the photo-op.

But what do you expect from a guy whose only credential is that he was a clerk of perv sex addict Kozinski?
9.1.2008 10:59am
AKD:

Eugene Volokh posts pic of Palin visiting wounded in Iraq soldier in Germany:
http://volokh.com/files/jim-800px-Sarah_Palin_Germany_4.jpg

Wow!

But wait? Which hospital on this Planet Earth of ours keeps patients in bed wearing the clean, ironed military uniforms? Remember, he was supposedly evacuated from Iraq war zone day earlier.

Eugene, you wanna lie to us? Then just get right pictures!



ISAF badge would suggest he was not wounded in Iraq...
9.1.2008 11:10am
Guesty Puller (mail):
I'm a recently retired Marine, and I spent 3 weeks at Bethesda. The first day I was able to get to the head by myself, I was required to be in uniform.

The uniform in that picture is clean, which one would expect when it isn't being used int he field. As for "pressed," the whole point of the new wash and wear uniforms is that they look like that right out of the washer.

As to why he is laying down, that is pretty much ridiculous. Where else would he be, if he has an injury that makes mobility difficult? The ability to get up, or the ability to wear clothes, doesn't imply the ability to walk pain-free. I broke my leg in boot camp, and spent 6 months in rehab. You best believe my boots were immaculately shined, even though I couldn't go without crutches or put my weight on that leg.
9.1.2008 11:13pm
krs:
This is a blog dedicated to the Constitution...

I wasn't aware of that. If anyone knows the text of the VC oath of office, please post it.
9.2.2008 12:02pm
Deoxy (mail):

I'm shocked and dismayed by the general reaction to Palin here at VC. It's quite obvious that she's a) unqualified and b) a purely strategic pick (cynical, at that)


Even if one thinks Palin IS unqualified, all that does is put one in a position to vote for her, as the other option is to vote for someone of similar experience as President instead of VP. The nomination of such a lightweight at the TOP of the Dem ticket really makes the "experience" complaint rather silly.

And I'm sure no cynical strategy whatsoever was at work in the choosing of Biden...


I would wager that most of VC's writers, and even commenters, are far more knowledgeable about international law, and the federal government, than Ms. Palin.


I would wager that most of VC's writers, and even commenters, are far more knowledgeable about international law, and the federal government, than Ms. Obama.

Same point as above. Palin as the Dems to thank for making her choice possible.

I'm not saying one should vote for her, only that the most common arguments I've seen against her apply equally well to Obama, and he's the TOP of his ticket instead of the bottom, so I don't see the point of arguing them against HER - him, maybe...
9.2.2008 12:41pm