Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006


Constitution in the balance

Some -- like the Strib's Nick Coleman -- have postulated the nature of bloggers thusly:

Bloggers are hobby hacks, the Internet version of the sad loners who used to listen to police radios in their bachelor apartments and think they were involved in the world.
Bloggers don't know about anything that happened before they sat down to share their every thought with the moon. Like graffiti artists, they tag the public square -- without editors, correction policies or community standards. And so their tripe is often as vicious as it is vacuous.

Is it just possible, Nick, that the very reason we started a blog was because we were alarmed at what was happening before we moved the hot plate and empty SpaghettiOs can aside and sat down at our 486 PC?

I will not attempt to speak for others but the most compelling reason this "hobby hack" started a blog focused on a U.S. Senate election 26 months away is because our very constitutional form of government hangs in the balance. In the words of Galadriel (o.k., Coleman, I am a geek) "Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all".

For those who care to notice, our constitution has been under assault for more than a half century but particularly over the last 30 years. No, Nick, I didn't go to law school. I met my sweetheart right after college and went about the business of raising a family. But I do know that judges have been getting increasingly "creative" with the plain text of the law. Even this supposedly "conservative" Rhenquist Court has been ignoring entire tracts of the founding document and conjuring up other doctrines that are simply not contained therein.

Suprisingly, USA Today gets the stakes exactly right in this piece:

A departure by any of the justices could have broad consequences in the law. If Bush were to pick a replacement for Stevens, for example, it could mean greater restrictions on abortion and affirmative action, among other things. But if Kerry were able to replace Rehnquist, the court could swing to the liberals' favor, and abortion rights and affirmative action policies could get more protection.
There are several competitive Senate races this fall, and the ultimate balance of power in the chamber would also affect any nomination.

It is for stakes like these that this "graffiti artist" decided to bring his thoughts to bear on a Senate contest more than 2 years away. I suspect it was for similar reasons a lawyer/professor from South Dakota is doing his best to contribute to the defeat of a sitting Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate and why many others will follow in his path over the next several election cycles. It's the Constitution, stupid!


  • At 10/08/2004 09:22:00 PM, Blogger Dawn said…

    Nick Coleman mocks bloggers because he fears them - he knows we're generally better writers than he is, and what really gauls him is that we investigate and report the facts of an issue, not just blindly following the political bent of the editorial staff of the Red Star Tribune.

    How Lilek's manages to work there and not have an aneurism on a daily basis is beyond me. They're not worthy of his talent.


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