A great moment for Tulane Law School — their alumnus, Senator David Vitter has “no idea” if Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was rightly decided. Could it have been judicial activism run amok? Maybe!
It’s forgivable for politicians to not know Supreme Court cases. I wouldn’t expect a sitting Senator to be able to tell me what he thought of Lochner v. New York, or even Kelo v. City of New London. But knowing Loving v. Virginia, the case that finally crushed the white supremacist movement by invalidating miscegenation laws, is a matter of good citizenship, and it’s taught in literally every law school, ever. There are questions you can’t brush off, and there are those that you shouldn’t: “was Loving rightly decided?” is one of the two, and whichever one it was, Vitter failed the test.
As Evan reminds us, Vitter was the only Senator not to comment on the Louisiana judge who refused to marry mixed-race couples. Now we can imagine why.
h/t Evan at BreakTheTerror.