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Gen. Myers, who retired in 2005 as the nation's highest-ranking military officer, graduated from Kansas State in 1965 with a degree in engineering. Once upon a time, long after he'd risen through the Pentagon ranks, he was invited back to his alma mater to deliver a lecture.

He recalled sitting in his office when "a friend from my hometown in Merriam, Kansas, dropped by."

"He said, 'What are you doing, Dick?' I replied, 'Well, I'm working on this presentation for Kansas State University.' I told him, 'I bet nobody in Merriam even remembers who I am or anything about that.'

"He says, 'Oh, no, they talk about you all the time back there in Merriam. In fact just the other day they put up a sign in your old homestead there where you were born and raised.' "

It read: "Lenexa, 8 miles."

"Just in case I was getting too big for my britches," Gen. Myers explained.

Social studies

That was 2008 Republican presidential contender Rudolph W. Giuliani addressing the Federalist Society in the District late Friday afternoon, and whereas the leading Democratic contenders for the White House are busy trying to differentiate among themselves, the former New York mayor is seeing clones.

"I'm going to give you 200 reasons why the next election is really important. It's the 200 federal judges that the next president ... will likely appoint over four years in the White House," Mr. Giuliani said. "If a president is elected who has the kind of thinking of a Hillary Clinton or a Barack Obama or a John Edwards — and I don't think there's much distinction there — I think you're going to see ... judges who will be activists in the sense of trying to legislate their social policy through judicial interpretation."

And where would these judges have acquired their social activism?

"For many years, law schools, too many of them, had been confusing constitutional law with sociology. And there is a big difference between constitutional law and sociology," Mr. Giuliani said.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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