Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Janine Turner/Maggie O'Connell, Will You Go on a World Tour With Me to Discuss the Constitution?
Remember the show "Northern Exposure"? If you're like me, you missed much of the show when it originally aired because you were doing things like working as a legal assistant for a weird law firm in Xiamen, China, but then watched it religiously every night of 1L and 2L year after you finished your homework and had cracked open the beer that signaled the end of serious labor for the day. It's the fantastic show that featured a Sam and Diane relationship between Fleischman, the conservative doctor from New York City, and Maggie O'Connell, the fiery liberal Alaskan bush pilot who (mostly) couldn't stand him.
Well, the actress who played Maggie O'Connell (and many other roles, including a recent stint on Friday Night Lights and an early one on Dallas, the best show ever of all time in the history of the world), is Janine Turner, a conservative commentator and activist who runs a group called Constituting America, the mission of which, according to its website, is to "utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights." Among other things, the organization put together a collection of essays by scholars on pretty much all of the different clauses of the Constitution, including what I like to refer to as the "odd clauses."
A while back, I issued an open invitation to Ms. Turner to tour the country and/or universe with me to debate the various parts of the Constitution, as well as to provide me with an autographed picture. Sadly, I never heard from her. She didn't even accept my friend request on facebook. :(
I thought that since I now have this more public forum at my fingertips, I might as well reissue my invitation, though this time I want to make it clear that what I've got in mind is not really a debate, because, let's face it, I suck at debating and would get crushed and mangled and ridiculed at every stop (really, ask Sam Bagenstos about our debate round back in 1985), but rather a fun-filled discussion tour to engage the citizenry and also spread the word about our respective projects (Constituting America and The Odd Clauses, that is) and generally bring happiness and joy to every great city and small town we visit.
I would also, in the alternative, accept that autographed picture.
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I loved that show (and, I confess, had a crush on Maggie). As an Alaska native, I bristled a bit at the made-up town names and way-off statements about geography and travel times -- and the fact that they filmed it in Washington State! -- but, all that said, I always thought of Talkeetna (a great place) when I watched. When Holling sang "Panis Angelicus" . . . beautiful.
Posted by: Rick Garnett | Oct 12, 2011 2:24:06 PM
Good luck, Jay. I hope she accepts.
But have you considered Teri Polo as an alternative?
Posted by: Holling | Oct 12, 2011 2:24:09 PM
To spare your feelings in case she doesn't respond, you have to keep in mind the possibility that she wants people to believe what she and her conservative commentators think the Constitution means, rather than wanting to stimulate people to think seriously about what the Constitution means. So it's not you, it's her.
Posted by: Cynic | Oct 12, 2011 3:51:35 PM
Interesting bit of trivia - Janine Turner was engaged to (ultra-liberal) Alec Baldwin at one point. Now THAT would be a Constitution Tour I would pay good money to see!
Posted by: anon | Oct 12, 2011 8:37:23 PM
She also dated Mark Grace when he was on the Cubs. But I digress.
Posted by: Debbie Borman | Oct 12, 2011 11:31:30 PM
I liked that show too and one of the actors not only played in another thing I liked (1776) but had a small role as a federal judge in Redford's movie, The Conspirator. Good luck with your quest. A new book might help. She came and talked to Glenn Beck, who I see has a book out on the Federalist Papers. So, the Constitution thing might help.
Posted by: Joe | Oct 13, 2011 8:42:41 AM
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