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Explaining Palin’s ‘Constitutional Law Professor’ Jibe

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | March 29, 2010 | Stefano Mclaughlin

I’m a little surprised that ThinkProgress’ pull from Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Express speech this weekend has gotten so much attention. Well, not completely surprised — it’s a quote from Sarah Palin. But is this supposed to embarrass her?

In these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor lecturing us from a lectern.

That’s basically a sauced-up version of this line from her speech at the National Tea Party Convention:

Tea Party movement loves to express its affection for the Constitution.” Well, yes. They love the Constitution. But “Constitutional law professor” does not, for Tea Partiers, sound like someone who loves the Constitution. It sounds like a liberal elitist who dreams up ways to work around it. Maybe this is the start of some liberal pushback against that narrative, but it’s a Palin dog whistle, not a Palin gaffe.

Stefano Mclaughlin | For the first five years of his career, Stefano worked as a financial advisor on state and local tax matters, developing internal marketing technology for his multinational tax business. With over 12 years of experience designing high-performance web applications and interactive interactions, Stefano is now a marketing technology specialist and founder.

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