Meade and I sat at a table which seemed to be full of lawyers who supported health care reform. One lawyer haughtily informed me that whatever law professors might think about the Constitution, it’s really all politics, and this health care reform represents a big, important political effort and that’s why it’s going to be upheld in the courts. I said, if it’s all politics, then what of all the politics pushing back against the law? What about the polls that show most people are against it and what about the last election? If you’re going to say politics determines the outcome, then don’t you have to take that politics into account too? The lawyer looked either alarmed or angry, because I, a law professor, didn’t simply assert that the Constitution matters, which would have made it easy for him to irritatingly chuckle about naivete. But right then, the panel started, saving him from having to try to wriggle off my skewer.
She makes him sound like a cocktail onion, or maybe a shrimp. I’m picturing those little fake swords that they use for appetizers at parties, though she probably means the metal or bamboo skewers one employs in a shish kabob.
Which would make the pro-HCR attorney a little piece of beef.