Arrogant law prof wants to neuter the voters’ decision

“People often make poor choices.”

— Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein 2008.

Because the voters have poorly chosen their president, a liberal Harvard law professor (if you’ll pardon the redundancy) has proposed changing the rules.

Former Obama appointee Cass Sunstein is agitated that Donald Trump’s attorney general is trying to sort out how the FBI came to rely on Hillary Clinton’s Russian disinformation to spy on her rival’s presidential campaign. Writing for (who else?) the New York Times, Professor Sunstein demands:

“Congress should transform the Department of Justice into an independent agency untouched by the president’s whims.”

“The best reason to make an agency independent is to reduce the likelihood that its decisions will be affected by political considerations or the president’s self-interest,” Sunstein writes.

As if the Department of Justice is, somehow, above and beyond political considerations — a monastery in the clouds, populated by monks, mute and barefoot. 

Q. Was fighting Jim Crow a political consideration? 
A. Yes, and a damned good one!

Suffice to say that Sunstein never gave voice to his inner pollyanna when Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were bending the arc toward social justice under Barack Obama.

We the People

Independent of whom?

It’s the same naive illusion that causes liberal good government goo goos to pine for a “non-partisan” legislative redistricting panel. Who are these spectacularly disinterested parties? Can they be secured from among the professoriate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? From the membership of Citizens United? The League of Women Voters?

This is the age-old progressive dream: that only unelected and unaccountable “professionals” untrammeled by those great unwashed deplorables, should decide (to use a recent example) foreign policy. Or, in Wisconsin, manage our natural resources. 

Remember the hue and cry when Tommy Thompson took over the Department of Natural Resources? Notice how first Jim Doyle and now Tony Evers were happy to appoint their own DNR secretary?

“The President’s whim?”

The President serves at the voters’ whim, which is more than any U.S. attorney general or federal prosecutor can claim.

Sunstein does not say who would appoint his politically neutered attorney general; apparently, it is not enough that the Senate must advise and consent. Instead, he proposes what amounts to a Tenure of Office Act (the Supreme Court eventually declared a similar law unconstitutional). Who would be his non-partisan attorney general? Certainly not the author of Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-Wing Courts Are Wrong for America!

⇒ Is the professor aggrieved that JFK appointed his brother Bobby precisely because he did not want an independent Department of Justice? 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Like too many liberals, Sunstein wants to change the rules because he doesn’t like the score.

What do YOU think?

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14 Responses to Arrogant law prof wants to neuter the voters’ decision

  1. George's Son says:

    There are many ways to waste time. Having to review and weigh in on this moron’s dichotomy is just that. But needs to be addressed, lest it be considered real…..

    Bobbie Kennedy was a l’il guy who loved to chew at the ankles, and continue to the knees -RE: political opponents (and scene-stealing investigations).

    Gee, that seems to be how it works, from 1789 AG Edmond Randolph’s scandal, to Kleindienst’s involvement in the ITT case in the early 70’s….

    Dude, (Sunstein), quit stampin’ yer feet like a 5 yr. old. VOTE in November!


  2. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Right arm, Blaska. Most pro-abort progliocrts are poor-choice.


  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “Ignorance is not something that lends itself to a meaningful discussion […] SOME OF THESE PEOPLE REALLY SHOULDN’T VOTE, BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ISSUES ARE.” (bolds/caps mine)

    Who said this? Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, EIB’s El Rushbo, Good Dog,Happy Man, The Donald…The Gotch?

    None of the above; it was Über Lefty Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and (heh!) take a wild guess to whom he was referring?

    The Gotch


    • Good Dog,Happy Man says:


      Wasn’t Cass Sunstein in the Mamas and the Papas? Guys like Sunstein shouldn’t try to pat themselves for being so smart, because they usually pull their own hubris. Sunstein IS an intellectual, though, which gives proof to Aldous Huxley’s axiom, “Some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.”



  4. Tom Paine says:

    Oh yeah….women who are Federal District Judges………………even more pretentiousness about wisdom. HA
    The Crabb decision that affirmed the ability of the DNR and GLIFWC to protect the “walleye” resources, forever from over-harvest by spearing. We knew then —> That was Bullship.

    So now we know……….why the Minocqua chain of lakes has been closed to walleye fishing, except catch and release. Going on the 6th year because of over-harvesting, the bag limit is ZERO, same as the last 5 years.


  5. madisonexpat says:

    This is Lefty principle of governing. Remove the power of the vote, cede power to a faceless bureaucracy, allow the proles to amuse themselves while the technocrats acquire wealth and power.
    The European Union is a perfect example. God bless Brexit.


  6. Balboa says:

    Remember that ole GAB in Wisconsin, John Doe 1,2,3,4. unaccountable board with the ability to use the system to ruin folks lives. Prime example of abuse of power that so far no one has been held accountable nor received apologies or restitution.

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  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Ever notice how the Left’s answers to society’s problems are those a child would give (and not a very bright child at that)? Income inequality: give the poor enough money to not be poor any more. Prison overcrowding: let criminals out of jail. Homelessness: give every homeless person an apartment. Illegal immigration: abolish borders. Health care: Medicare for all. Climate change: abolish fossil fuels. Transgender bathrooms: let trannies sh*t wherever they like. Student debt: forgive it all. Fare jumpers in NYC subways: abolish fares. Now that they’re trying to sort out which poor sap will lead them to a resounding defeat in November, Americans are finally seeing the toxicity of their “ideas” as well as the shallowness of their candidates.

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  8. dad29 says:

    …Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were bending the arc toward social justice under Barack Obama.

    “Bending the arc”, hell.

    Body-slamming justice until she gave up.

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  9. Bob Dorn says:

    Bernie in bed with the Russkies…
    At least that’s a bit more believable than the golden shower thing


  10. madisonexpat says:

    Putin prefers the Commie.


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