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  •  Ppffftt (4+ / 0-)

    Because of the nature of Franken's writing and radio work of the past several years, he's had to be profoundly educated in the workings of the law. He also had the finest DC lawyers (not the hacks, but folks like Johnathan Turley) on his show.

    If you've read Franken's stuff, he's the wonkiest wonk that ever wonked.

    As for elevating "lawyers" just cuz, remember that W, Coulter, Harriet Myers and Monica "but I took an oath to the President" Goodling also graduated from law school.

    How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

    by rhetoricus on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:36:51 AM PST

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    •  Pfft back atchya ;-) (0+ / 0-)

      Oh, he had Jonathan Turley on his show... that's practically equivalent to busting your ass in a prestigious law school for 4 years!

      W

      No, he did not graduate from law school... in fact according to his Wikipedia entry, he was not even accepted to University of Texas Law School.

      Monica "but I took an oath to the President" Goodling

      Do they even teach the Constitution at Regents U Law School?  Are you comparing Goodling's educational background to Gillibrand and Bennett?

      •  Those prestigious law schools must be rigorous (1+ / 0-)
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        rhetoricus

        Because the one I went to was only three years.  

        McCain-Palin? Thanks, but no thanks.

        by mndemguy on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:58:36 AM PST

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      •  Ok (0+ / 0-)

        You didn't answer about whether you'd read Franken's books or actually listened to him. I maintain my position that Franken is a masterful DC legal and policy wonk.

        Sorry about the mistake about W, that was Harvard BUSINESS school. It was Gonzo that was Harvard Law. Legal genius, that guy.

        Ann Coulter graduated from U of Michigan law school.

        And no, I don't think they teach the Constitution at Regents. But it's accredited ANYWAY, and Goodling is a bona-fide lawyer.

        My point: having graduated from law school (OR NOT) is not, in and of itself, proof that a person is or is not more knowledgeable or judicious about the bills taken up by Congress.

        How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

        by rhetoricus on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 11:06:48 AM PST

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      •  Franken is a wonk's wonk (0+ / 0-)

        This idea that legislatures need to be lawyers is just silly. There are experts to draft and edit laws. I don't see whats not to understand here. There are already plenty of lawyers in the legislature - Franken's experience with the media will serve him well.

        From his radio show and books, you see someone who is really detail oriented and can't stand bullshit. Good qualities in a legislator for sure.

        •  Wait-- please don't misunderstand (0+ / 0-)

          I am merely responding to a diary that is implying that Franken is somehow deserving of committee seats that were awarded to Bennett and Gillibrand.  My argument is that in terms of merit and experience, this is not the case.  

          But this:

          This idea that legislatures need to be lawyers

          ...is not an idea that I've put forth here.  

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