Gerry Canavan

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Tea Partiers, Jersey, Cheney, Scalia, Guns, 2010, RNC

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* Tea Party supporters in New Jersey try to recall Robert Menendez despite the fact that no recall procedure exists for federal legislators under the Constitution. New Jersey Democratic Chairman John Wisniewski is angry about it:

“The attempt to recall Senator Menendez is an affront to the voters of New Jersey and has no standing in law. One day these folks are trying to disprove human evolution, the next day they are challenging the constitutionality of the Constitution. These are radical people who chose Menendez off of a list of Democrats because of the sound of his last name.”

Via Daily Kos.

* Inside the RNC’s secret fundraising strategy memo.

The small donors who are the targets of direct marketing are described under the heading “Visceral Giving.” Their motivations are listed as “fear;” “Extreme negative feelings toward existing Administration;” and “Reactionary.”

Major donors, by contrast, are treated in a column headed “Calculated Giving.” Their motivations include: “Peer to Peer Pressure”; “access”; and “Ego-Driven.”

And yet it’s the Left that’s supposed to be condescending and arrogant. Conor Friedersdorf is pretty unhappy about all this.

* Former DNC Chair Howard Dean says the pundits are misreading 2010: the mood is anti-incumbent, not anti-Democrat.

* Firedoglake gets nostalgic for the Cheney doctrine, which says we should invade other countries at the slightest probability of danger but apparently doesn’t apply to protecting the only planet we will ever have.

* And The Wall Street Journal, of all places: So Where’s Your Originalism Now, Justice Scalia?

Justice Scalia insisted that the right to keep and bear arms is right there in the text, which of course is true. But so too is the Privileges or Immunities Clause, which, unlike the Court’s due process jurisprudence, has a historical meaning that helps define and limit the rights it was meant to protect.

At the McDonald argument, it seemed obvious that five or more justices will vote to apply the Second Amendment to the states. . . . But it was also obvious that most were deeply afraid of following a text whose original meaning might lead them where they do not want to go.

Via MyDD. More on the Chicago gun case at SCOTUSblog.

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  1. In re: Howard Dean’s comment: I thought everyone knew that, but it’s not something you’re allowed to say in public politics, because it implies that voters are irrational.


    March 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

  2. Probably, but that’s too bad — one of the most salient fact about democracy (especially on the scale of modern nation-state) is that voters by and large *are* irrational…


    March 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

  3. […] Update from two weeks ago: a New Jersey appeals court has ruled teabaggers in New Jersey can try to recall Robert Menendez […]

    3/16.2 « Gerry Canavan

    March 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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