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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Paul says:

    Well, so much for him being able to win the general election.

    That’s over.

  2. mark says:

    “I just want good, solid people with judicial temperament who respect the process of law that we have in America.”

    It is strange on how the supposed judicial temperament card only applies to those with conservative views. If applied to liberals as well, perhaps the ninth curcuit would not be full of so many nutcases.

  3. Charley Foster says:

    Following his own logic, Clark should never appoint a judge with Clark’s views because the belief that the government has no role whatsover in regulating abortion would “render such a judge unable to follow the established precedent of Roe v Wade” (which, after all, recognized state interests in regulating abortion under some circumstances).

  4. All this just goes to show that Clark is a lightweight. He is no thinker, just a soldier whose main activity in his military career, like all good officers, was to take orders. Putting a guy like this in charge of the White House would be a disaster. As Bush 41 said (roughly) at one of the debates with Clinton, “There’s no call waiting at the White House.” At least Dean, a doctor, is used to being his own man and making his own decisions.

  5. Paul says:

    I think the bigger quote is being overlooked. His statement is pretty unambiguous that he supports abortion on demand any time any place. (including after the mother is in labor!)

    If, by some miracle, he won the primary, the general election would NOT be about terrorism or the economy et al. the race would be dominated by the abortion issue.

    Nobody that admits to his beliefs will be elected in this country.

    Clark may as well resign from the race. It’s over for him.

    In fact this gaff was so large I’m actually wondering if he wanted out of the race and decided this was how he would do it.

  6. It is surely possible to admit to one’s beliefs and get elected. Whether it is possible to admit that one’s beliefs include the belief in the right to commit infanticide and still get elected is quite another thing.

  7. bryan says:

    I agree with you James, why is Roe v. Wade the one SCOTUS decision that is inviolable in terms of precendent? The SCs revise precedent all the time. They just don’t like to admit it.

  8. melvin toast says:

    FYI, the Roe vs. Wade decision was based on a right to privacy argument. Seemingly, and I’m not clear on why it isn’t, one could claim right to privacy concerning drug possession, seat belts, incest, gun possession.. the list goes on ad infinitum. One doesn’t not have to be pro-life to disagree with that decision.

    Furthermore, overturning Roe vs. Wade doesn’t make abortion illegal. It just wouldn’t be constitutionally protected. States could repeal their anti-abortion laws. Many states either repealed or never had anti-abortion laws before Roe vs. Wade

  9. Paul says:

    Thanks Michael, that was poor wording.

    I had two different ways to phrase that line in my head and rather than choose one, I combined both and mangled what I was trying to say.


  10. poputonian says:

    I think you folks are reading it wrong. Clark is simply saying no activist judges should be nominated, and that the rule of law is paramount. He did not say the constitution can never change, he said only judges with good judicial temperment should be allowed to consider what to change.

  11. blogoSFERICS says:

    Weaselly and the Judges
    Weaselly Clark’s “momentum” seems to have catapulted him into the same foot-in-mouth speaking mode that has dogged Mad Howard Dean….

  12. Morons on Parade
    Check out the latest bit of extremism from another unviable candidate: Democrat Wesley Clark said yesterday he would never appoint

  13. Wes Clark’s Life Began With His Mother’s Decision
    Gen. Wesley Clark is supposed the anti-Dean in this race: more moderate, more knowledgeable about foreign affairs, but darned if he’s not taking the most far left public position on abortion of all the Democrats running: MANCHESTER — Democrat Wes…

  14. Out Of The Loop
    I’ve been out of the blogging loop for the past couple of days and thought I would provide a roundup of what I’ve seen since returning. This is also in keeping with my New Year’s Blogging Resolution to do more…

  15. Meanwhile, back at the Ranch…
    … Wesley Clark gives his campaign manager heartburn, ulcers and a coronary. Clark: Abortion decision is the mom’s alone Democrat Wesley Clark said yesterday he would never appoint a pro-life judge to the federal bench because the judge’s anti-abort…

  16. Clark’s Lucky He Had a Nice Mom
    There’s the process of campaigning where the candidate can either try traditional methods to get his message out or go

  17. Litmus test? How about an IQ test?
    Well, I have to give Howard Dean (or at least his M.D. program) some credit: at least he doesn’t think life begins at childbirth like his fellow Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark does (also see James Joyner ). Clark…

  18. Wesley Clark on Abortion and the Rule of Law
    Here’s what Clark said to The Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper: I’m not going to get into a discussion of when life begins. I’m in favor of choice, period. Pure and simple. Life begins with the mother’s decision. I don’t think you should…

  19. PoliBlog says:

    Cajun Toast! The 1/9/04 Edition of the Toast-O-Meter, Straight from New Orleans
    The Toast-o-meter: A Weekly News Round-Up and Handicapping of the Race for the Democratic Nomination. -Toast: It’s not Just for Breakfast Anymore!- The Toast-O-Meter comes to you Fortified with linkage and Enhanced with bloggage! The scale: Wonder Bre…

  20. Foot Planted Firmly In Mouth
    Wesley Clark has been saying some very interesting things in recent days. Chris Suellentrop has a round-up of the retired