Quote of the Day, [Academia] Chose… Poorly edition. [UPDATE]

Glenn Reynolds, on trial lawyers [academics] and the way they’re getting kicked in the groin down in North Carolina right now:

…when you align yourself exclusively with one party, and weaponize yourself in that party’s cause, you’re going to pay the price when the other party is in power. That’s the price you pay for whoring yourself out.

A slightly harsher word than I might have used, but Glenn’s a law professor himself. He has a certain amount of leeway there.  He’s also, of course, right.

[UPDATE: As Faithul Reader Mikey NTH noted in comments, this was about academic centers, not trial lawyers. Which I knew and should have noted, because I read about this story a couple of days ago.  Ach, well.  My bad, and at least I don’t actually have to change anything besides ‘trial lawyers.’ Even the ‘law professor’ bit still fits.]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the Day, [Academia] Chose… Poorly edition. [UPDATE]”

  1. Moe:

    Insty was using the trial lawyers as an example. The ones getting kicked in the sensitive spot were three academic centers of UNC.

    (His argument could be addressed to unions, of course.)

  2. They weren’t really whoring themselves out either they were more like State funded attack dogs and being the dogs of the former owners they’re the first thing to go now that their former owners are gone.

    1. I’ll disagree. They had an interest to protect. To do so properly they needed to cultivate ‘friends’ on both sides of the political aisle. To align on only one side of the aisle is to choose…poorly.*

      *N.B.: I am not upset they set their course so that when the winds shifted they found themselves embayed on a lee shore; I am just noting that wiser mariners (such as the various industry lobbies – as an example) keep plenty of sea-room to come about when the winds shift.

      Metaphors: without them we would fall into profanity more often than we already do.

  3. Guess the Moral Monday marches did not have their intended effect. Maybe they had an opposite effect. Yep, opposite effect. Starting when they jammed up traffic and cost taxpayers about $170,000.

    Boehner and McConnell could learn a thing or two from now US Senator Tillis and Gov. McCrory, it seems.

    1. Boehner and McConnell are busy herding cats. This is striking in the logistics rear of the foe; best that is left to the state parties, they know the ground there.

      1. Cats should not have to be herded. I always put out something they liked, then they all came.

        More to your point – agreed, but this same situation exists at the federal level. The funding the leftists receive from the Feds needs to go away, and the leftists embedded in government need to be rooted out. It’ll take time, but this is something that will make the cats congregate. Low hanging fruit for our fearless leaders.

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