Steve Heimoff is occaisionally disdainful of wine bloggers because we lack the measured professionalism and editorial oversight of print writers.
If enacted, HR 5034 could compel states to repeal the standards and safeguards they have set up to oversee the shipment of wine…
To give you an example of what compel means, when Congress wanted states to lower their speed limits to 55 piles-per-hour, it compelled the change by threatening to withhold billions of dollars in highway funds from any state that didn’t go along. Had Mr. Dunne or any of the newspaper’s no-doubt-very-professional editors read the law before going to print, they might have noted that it takes no position on direct shipping at all and, obviously, contains no threat of retribution. In short, it compels nothing.
Dunne makes other mistakes that are just as embarrassing. He claims that, in Granholm, ”the nation’s top jurists said people who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner should be free to buy that wine direct from wineries,” which is not at all what the Supreme Court decided. He says that with the Repeal of Prohibition “states retained a measure of control over the sale of alcoholic beverages,” when in fact the 21st Amendment that repealed Prohibition gave states complete control of alcoholic beverages within their borders. He even squeezes Sarah Palin into the narrative.
No blogger was ever sloppier.