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  •  Walked didn't just say there was no (17+ / 0-)

    compelling reason. He went further and said there was no "legitimate" reason. That's as close as he could come to saying "This is about bigotry and bigotry alone".

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 06:54:12 AM PDT

    •  I don't have time to re-read the opinion (3+ / 0-)

      But, as far as I can tell he did indeed say, in multiple places,

      "This is about bigotry and bigotry alone"


      I can read Obama's statement in many different ways. It irks me to no end that as a constitutional scholar he would not get this. In the end the most charitable construction I can provide for his statement is that, as an individual he is affected by a personal prejudice. But that he understands his job is not to govern by that prejudice. The least charitable reading is that he is merely being a moral coward by refusing to come out in favor of the rights of a still much-disliked minority.

      Ultimately, the resolution of the issue does not really rest upon what this or any other president does or doesn't personally believe.  It rests upon the clear intent of the Fourteenth Amendment is (and how that is interpreted in courts that are in the business of making that interpretation). As of now, Walker's interpretation is the one with standing and I for one hope it remains that way.

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