Tuesday, 10/14/14

  1. Political anthrax
  2. Brian Howey, judicial ignoramus
  3. Pro Tip (too late) for Richard Roberts


“Obama” must be political anthrax to get stories like this:

Alison Lundergan Grimes is Kentucky’s secretary of state and the Democratic challenger to the state’s senior senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In an editorial board meeting yesterday with the Louisville Courier-Journal, she “refused to say . . . if she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012,” the paper reports.

The video of the exchange is comically awkward. An off-camera female editorialist asks a straightforward question: “Did you vote for President Obama, 2008, 2012?”

“You know,” Grimes replies, “this election, uh, isn’t about the president. It’s about—”

“I know,” the editorialist assures the candidate. “But did you vote for him?”

Grimes remains on message: “—making sure we put Kentuckians back to work, and—” By this point, the editorialist has repeated the question a third time: “Did you vote for him?”

The candidate changes tack, responding with not one but two non sequiturs: “I was actually in ’08 a delegate for Hillary Clinton, and I think that Kentuckians know I’m a Clinton Democrat through and through. I respect the sanctity of the ballot box, and I know that the members of this editorial board do as well.”

“So you’re not going to answer,” says the editorialist. Whereupon Grimes displays her own keen command of the obvious: “Again, I don’t think that the president is on the ballot.” Then another non sequitur: “As much as Mitch McConnell might want him to be, it’s my name, and it’s going to be me who’s holding him accountable for the failed decision and votes that he has made against the people of Kentucky.” The conversation then drifts to other subjects.

(James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, pay wall)

Odds are, in My Fair County, that we’re going to elect a new Sheriff who refuses to say that he’ll quit his current job and serve full-time if elected. I can read between those lines, but my anecdotal yard sign survey suggests I’m in a minority (or the other candidate just isn’t well enough known, or has even more baggage than I know about). Can Kentuckians read between Grimes’ lines?


Brian Howey has long been a partisan for same-sex marriage, but a column earlier this week (here’s an online variant that lacks some of the print stupidity) proves how ignorant he is of the legal theories surrounding it:

[W]e’re hearing social conservatives warning us that businesses not wanting to bake a wedding cake for gays need to be protected. Or that a future movement will develop advocating polygamy.

These bogeymen exist only in the minds of those seeking wedge issues to keep the money machines flowing and the blood boiling in a receding constituency.

He then goes on in the next paragraph to show that punishment of dissenting businesses is not far-fetched, although trying to raise money on the issue may be a loser because a strong majority thinks that dissenting businesses shouldn’t be permitted.

This is Rod Dreher’s Law Of Merited Impossibility at work again: “It’s a complete absurdity to believe that Christians will suffer a single thing from the expansion of gay rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.”

As for polygamy, a Utah court has already struck down the state’s polygamy ban so long as you only claim that one of them is a lawful marriage:

Waddoups ruled a provision in Utah’s bigamy law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of religion.

There’s more of that sort of thing coming so long as Justice Kennedy’s Mystery Passage guides our judiciary:

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

The idea that marriage is limited to two people is just a silly religious tradition, out of step with history and the rest of the world.

That argument is coming soon to a court near you. And if Brian Howey doesn’t know that, he should stop trying to write about SSM, which is largely the product of courts he clearly doesn’t understand.


Pro Tip: When your Board of Regents consists of John Hagee, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Creflo Dollar, and when even they think you’re proposing to do something that’s just too brazen, it’s time to back off, because these guys are the ne plus ultra of brass balls.

(Kiera Feldman, This is My Beloved Son, on Richard and Lindsey Roberts’ rape of Oral Roberts University, which, after all, really was just “begging for it” with a board like that.)

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.