Gene Healy on Why Law Professors Make Bad Presidents

Constitutional law professors should be kept as far away from nuclear weapons as possible. The skill-sets they bring to the presidency just gives them the sophistry and brazenness necessary to invent new and creative ways of violating the constitutional oath of office. Obama is the fourth former con law prof to serve as president, joining William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Bill Clinton. While Taft did comparatively little damage, writes Gene Healy, the rest hardly inspire confidence that familiarity with constitutional scholarship encourages fidelity to the national charter.

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