"... a law prof, fairly liberal (as far as I know from reading her blog) who not only will listen to alternative ideologies, ideas, arguments or policies but who will argue against those actual things rather than attacking only straw arguments. She may not get it right (her frequent rants against men wearing shorts comes to mind) all the time, but I'd rather read a month of her blog than a day of, say, Joan Peterson's."
A comment chez Instapundit that Meade noticed and pointed me toward.
I'd never heard of Joan Peterson but, looking at her blog, I don't know why she'd be the point of comparison to me. Maybe it's like the old "better than a sharp stick in the eye."
As for men in shorts, let's take another look at that John Trumbull painting:
If that were a picture of the signing of the The Declaration of Independence on July 4th, I could tell you that the temperature hit a high of 76 in Philadelphia that day. But the painting actually shows the presentation of the draft to Congress on June 28, 1776, and it's not so easy to nail down the temperature.
But weren't these men terribly hot? All those layers! Yes, the pants are shortish but they are anchored below the knee and the lower legs are swathed in hosiery. How could they bear it? And these were men ready to their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor to the cause of liberty! Yet they did not liberate their legs and open up airflow to the crotch.