“Principled liberal” is an oxymoron except when used to describe Alan Dershowitz. It certainly would be so if ever used to describe muttonhead Jeffry Toobin, who was once Dershowitz’s student at Harvard law school. The difference between a principled liberal and a political hack was demonstrated last night in a kerfuffle between Alan Dershowitz and Jeffery Toobin on CNN.
Dershowitz is my favorite liberal. I wouldn’t call him a liberal except that is how he describes himself.
Last night on CNN with Gloria Vanderbilt’s son as host Dershowitz and Toobin squared off over whether Robert Muller should have ever been appointed special counsel. Dershowitz says no, Toobin says, “What has happened to you?”
Dershowitz could reverse the question but instead he just stuck to his principles and schooled Toobin on the rule of law, which as a graduate of Harvard law school he surely knows but damn sure doesn’t have any respect for it.
Toobin can’t let mere facts or principles to get in the way of his preferred narrative that Trump is a scumbag who stole an election in collusion with the Russians. Like when Trump told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to tell Putin that, “After the election I’ll have more flexibility…” Oh, wait! It wasn’t Trump who said that, it was Obama in 2012. There’s what real collusion looks like, Mr. Mueller.
Dershowitz has a principled reply to Toobin’s fatuous question: “I’m not carrying [Trump’s] water. I’m saying the exact same thing I’ve said for 50 years. And Jeffrey, you ought to know that, you were my student. The fact that it applies to Trump now rather than applying to Bill Clinton is why people like you have turned against me.”
He might have said, “It’s why
people [political hacks] like you have turned against me.”
Here’s the video of Dershowitz and Toobin with Gloria Vanderbilt’s son between them: