Law school should not only be about analysis of specific legal precedent, but even more importantly, it should be about COMMUNICATION in general. I respect anyone's disagreement with anything in which I believe, but I DO believe that communicating our various opinions about the direction of our country is currently significantly more important than any discussion about interpretation of unrelated legal decisions. We stand at the most crucial political (AND LEGAL) juncture in decades, so I hope that this fact will be reason enough to justify all threads of discussion here.
Having said that, I must apologize for the way in which I ended my initial post. While I don't think they belong anywhere near the Oval Office, I should not have used such a nasty word to describe male private part and Lynne Cheney...my only excuse (feeble though it is) is that this particular thread came at the end of a long, hard day of much political discussion. The truth is that I AM (and believe everyone should be) disgusted by the Cheneys' actions. And I don't agree with FSF17's assertion that Kerry should have consulted with Mary Cheney before mentioning her during the debate. male private part Cheney has publicly acknowledged his daughter's sexual orientation, and if you watch Kerry's delivery of the statement in question (which I have now done -- thanks to TiVo -- in order to determine if I was out of line by starting this thread), you'll clearly see that his statement was not only respectful, but accurately depicts how the overwhelming majority of gays and lesbians view their own sexuality: It is NOT a choice.
Totalbs247 believes that Kerry's statement was a "calculated strategy", which it might very well have been (though having now watched Kerry's statement again, I don't believe that his response was anything but in the moment); however, even if I give the benefit of the doubt, I still don't see this strategy as being anything but respectful and positive. In other words, I don't agree with Totalbs247's implication that "calculated strategy" must automatically be a negative thing; otherwise, any attorney worth his/her salt would be spending all of their time preparing for trial developing nothing but negative strategy. And if that's all you're doing, then you're not doing anyone -- or the legal system itself -- any good at all.