Gerald Treece has been the legal expert ‘go-to guy’ for the media in Houston for years. My impression of him, whenever he gives his opinion, has always been that he was fair.
Recently, I’ve heard him a couple of times on Dan Patrick’s radio show. What I heard from him today has given me seconds thoughts about just how fair, much less accurate, he actually is.
He and Patrick were discussing the SCOTUS case regarding Gitmo from last week. After briefly trashing Justice Kennedy, Treece said that he was really surprised by the decision because ti was the Democrat Congress that had passed the MCA.
Ooops! That’s wong.
I’m not going to change my opinion of him based on that one statement (no matter how telling it is). But it’s hard to figure out how someone in his position — big dog in a law school, often on radio and television because of his legal expertise — could get something so wrong by accident. By using the term Democrat the way he did — perhaps he was playing to his audience. By trying to say that the congress was controlled by the Democrats in 2006 smells like what other Republicans have been trying to do in the run up to the election — blame everything on the Democrats.