I’m on record as basically hating blogging by law professors about politics, never more so than when the election is near. Obviously, given the state of commentary on the more popular law professor blogs of late, too few agree with me about how unenlightening most political blogging by professors is. Well, it takes all kinds! And there’s always Orin Kerr, writing about actual cases, to read.
But here’s something we can all agree on, I would hope. Law professors have no business telling students who to vote for. I wonder what percentage of the academy already has, or will, violate this simple rule in the next two days? My bet: over 25%, and the age distribution would be illuminating. Some additional percentage have probably told their students that as lawyers-in-training they have an extra obligation to participate in the “civic duty” of voting. This, in my mind, is nearly as bad, since it is usually motivated by some implicit sense that the targets of the message are going to vote the way you want them to.
Whew. Glad I got that off my chest!