Friday, October 03, 2008

No Law Professor Left Behind

Sen. Joseph Biden was teaching a course in "Selected Topics in Constitutional Law" at Widener University School of Law at the time of his selection as Barack Obama's running mate. Evidently, his "selected topics" did not include material from Article I or Article II of the U.S. Constitution, judging from the mistakes he made -- and made vehemently -- yesterday evening.

Given the current state of civics education in the United States, one suspects that this will go largely unnoticed, but this is hardly trivial pursuit for someone who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee while also teaching courses in Constitutional Law.

It is no wonder that Sen. Biden has so vociferously opposed the notion of originalism. If that theory were to gain credence, constitutional law professors might have to resort to knowing something about the text of the Constitution.


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