Shorter Doug Kmiec
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama | Douglas Kmiec | Strange Bedfellows — Comments (23) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
My former Constitutional Law professor has written an editorial endorsing Barack Obama for the Presidency. In the editorial, Professor Kmiec makes the following points:
- He is a small-government, traditional values Republican;
- He knows that Senator Obama disagrees with Professor Kmiec on just about every major domestic and foreign policy issue of importance and substance;
- He hopes that Senator Obama "is not closed to understanding opposing points of view, and as best as it is humanly possible, he will respect and accommodate them."
Why Professor Kmiec believes this is not explained. Indeed, there isn't even an attempt at an explanation or at a reconciliation of his views with those of Senator Obama's. I guess that we are just supposed to believe that Professor Kmiec will eventually be more explicit regarding that reconciliation.
Then again, perhaps this kind of endorsement should come as no surprise, especially when a previous Kmiec endorsement is brought to the forefront of our memories. Like Proust biting into the tea-soaked madeleine, certain mental souvenirs do not easily fade from one's consciousness.