07 January 2012

Constitutional Politics ~ Do the Parchment Barriers Sleep Above the Covers?

Among my all-time favorite movie scenes is toward the end of Ghostbusters where Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) says of the demonically possessed Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver): "She's not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she's a client and because she sleeps above her covers . . . four feet above her covers. She barks, she drools, she claws!"

Well, there may be those who think that the Constitution is a venerable document that hovers Barrett-like someplace well above everyday partisan politics. Right! Consider that the talking heads of the right are lining up to wail about Obama's recess appointments [1] [2] [3] while his old liberal Harvard professor has come to the President's defense [4]. If only those attacking the president had in the past demonstrated the least regard for the Constitution as something other than an inconvenience to be wholly disregarded (think torture, indefinite detention, Iran-Contra . . .) in the pursuit of this or that right-wing political fantasy. Then I might be willing to read their views other than incredulously.

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