Should Anyone Care That Lisa Murkowski Flunked The Bar Exam 4 Times?

This is a repost from October 27, 2010. Since Murkowski is a Trump hater who is trying to stall anything she thinks Trump might be in favor of, it seems relevant again. OK, she did the right thing in helping Senator Daines with his vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but her sick grandstanding over her “conscience” that Kavanaugh is a good man just not what we need on the Supreme Court at this time so she can’t actually vote for him was rather sickening and stupid, at least in my humble opinion.

From the Miami Herald on October 2, 2010:

It took Sen. Lisa Murkowski five attempts to pass the Alaska Bar Exam, a piece of her biography that’s gone unreported until now, when she faces a long-shot write-in bid for another term in her Senate seat.

Murkowski, who graduated in 1985 from Willamette University’s College of Law in Oregon, wasn’t admitted to the Alaska Bar until November 1987. She flunked the exam in July 1985, February 1986, July 1986 and again in February 1987. She passed on her fifth try in July 1987.

Murkowski said that although her failures on the exam aren’t something she talks about regularly, she’s never hidden them. It’s an example of how she “stayed in there,” Murkowski said, “and I did not quit.”

It’s a good thing she’s not from Wyoming where a “three strikes and you’re out” policy exists. Flunk the Wyoming Bar the third time and you’ll have to move to Alaska if you still want to be a lawyer. But what does it mean that someone had to take the Bar Exam five times before they passed it? Well, how would you feel if you found out the night before your surgery that your doctor flunked his medical boards four times? OK, she’s not going to perform surgery on anyone. But flunking the bar several times right out of law school does tell you something about that person.

You see, the Bar Exam is not particularly difficult. It’s just that one must do certain things that require a fair amount of effort in order to pass. First, one must at least stay awake in law school. Second, one must memorize a lot of Constitutional law and the common law of England from 300 years ago during the two months immediately preceding the date you sit for the Bar Exam. Third, one must learn a lot of basic things that are particular to the law of the state in which one takes the Bar.

All that’s not particularly taxing on the brain, but it does require one to make a fairly large effort of concentration and study. It’s safe to say that anyone who makes it through any decent law school and then flunks the bar 4 times in a row is simply refusing to do that work, or is not capable of deep concentration. Either way, that person probably won’t make a great lawyer nor should voters feel very good about sending that person to represent them in the United States Senate.

If she would not make the effort to prepare for the Bar Exam it’s a pretty good bet she’s not making much effort to understand the legislation she’s voting on in the Senate, and she should not be there. Sadly, the same could probably be said about at least half of the Senators who are there. Happily, there are also a few who shine, e.g., Barasso, Coburn, DeMint, Inhofe, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, and ….well, that’s about it. Maybe after Tuesday there’ll be a few more. [UPDATE: There are a few more now, maybe even more after the 2018 midterms]

However, there is also some new evidence that Murkowski flunked the Bar so many times because she’s just dumb. In an interview with Rachel Maddow [in 2010 I believe] she said that thinking something is unconstitutional simply because it isn’t in the Constitution is “not mainstream.” [UPDATE: Abortion, gay marriage, and a slug of other things are not in the Constitution and it was “unconstitutional” for the Supreme Court to shove those things down the throats of Americans and to deny them their right to vote on how they are governed and who makes those decisions. The Constitution reserves legislation to the Congress and the people’s representatives, not to unelected judges who serve for life. Kavanuagh will help re-establish order on the Supreme Court]

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