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A stupid thing to say, or the stupidest thing anybody’s ever said in the long and colorful history of human language?

October 28, 2008

From the Wall Street Journal:

If Mr. Obama wins we could possibly see any or all of the following: a federal constitutional right to welfare; a federal constitutional mandate of affirmative action wherever there are racial disparities, without regard to proof of discriminatory intent; a right for government-financed abortions through the third trimester of pregnancy; the abolition of capital punishment and the mass freeing of criminal defendants; ruinous shareholder suits against corporate officers and directors; and approval of huge punitive damage awards, like those imposed against tobacco companies, against many legitimate businesses such as those selling fattening food.

Let’s set aside the fact that Sen. Obama has never advanced public policies to do any of this.  Let’s set aside the lack of evidence that he’s even remotely as politically suicidal as one would have to be to do any of this.  Let’s set aside the mountain of evidence that he’s politically astute enough to know how politically suicidal any of this would be.

Instead, let’s just focus on a couple of glaring issues with this fever-dream of a comment.  First, does this guy have any idea how hard it is to amend the constitution?  Even once?  Let alone 4 times?  In one presidency?  Does he have any awareness that the success of any or all of these amendments — if offered, which they won’t be, for the reasons stated above — would be a direct reflection of the will of a supermajority of the American people?  Is he aware that his prediction, therefore, is the direct equivalent of stating that he believes only a small minority (inframinority?) of Americans share his political views and philosophy, and that he is therefore, by his own admission, at the far right fringe of American society, and probably, therefore, someone whose opinions the WSJ shouldn’t bother to print?

Second, does this guy have any knowledge of how the American judicial system works?  Is he aware that presidents do not determine the size of awards from lawsuits?  That they don’t even have any influence on it?  That the courts are, like, this whole other branch of government?  That the handing out of awards and the size of those awards is determined by juries?  You know, the Hockey Moms and Joe Sixpacks and Joe the Plumbers that his party supposedly loves so much?

In short, is there anything about American politics and the constitution that this guy does know?

Or is his knowledge limited to the fact that he wants to scare everybody sh**less because it’s politically useful to him and his party?

h/t Sullivan