To find a complete constitutional fool. We have one of our own.
But more on that in a minute. First, courtesy of several places on the ‘net, including Alan Colmes blog, here’s just a bit from the debate between Democratic candidate Chris Coons and Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell:
In a law school debate before legal scholars, Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell questioned where the Constitution calls for separation of church and state. O’Donnell either disagreed or didn’t know that establishing a state religion is unconstitutional.
…O’Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons’ position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine.
Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that “religious doctrine doesn’t belong in our public schools.”
“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked him.
When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O’Donnell asked: “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?”
An audible gasp was heard in the crowd.
Our own constitutional fool — also a Tea Party darling, a man described by Law Professor Jessica Mason Pieklo as “deeply cynical and misinformed,” is the Republican candidate for governor: Tom Emmer, sometimes known around here as “Stonewall Emmer.”
Although he’s undoubtedly been instructed to keep his mouth shut about the issue now, he has labored for some time under the misapprehension that states get to pick and choose which parts of the Union they want to participate in. You can learn quite a lot about the issue of nullification by watching the “Standing on the Brink of Insurrection and Treason” video series linked in the sidebar.
The third installment, especially, features a description of some of Tom Emmer’s legislative efforts to nullify federal law without the help of a federal court. That is an entirely unconstitutional and unlawful exercise, but that didn’t stop Rep. Emmer from offering bill, after bill, after bill.
Update: People are starting to notice. The New Republic reports on Tom Emmer in The Year of the Nutjob. Thanks to Stephen Cusulos for the link.