Today, Professor Nancy Cott will use her expertise as an historian of marriage in America to testify for marriage equality in Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
As someone who has personally cowered under the withering gaze of the formidabe Prof. Cott, I extend my sympathies to the attorney who will have to cross-examine her. I'm sure the anti-Prop 8 legal team chose her for her world-class expertise, but it's her presence that will make her an amazing witness. For someone who is barely 5 feet tall, she can be incredibly intimidating — she has this way of smiling that conveys her infinite patience for your mindboggling stupidity.
If the reports about pro-Prop 8 lawyer Charles Cooper's opening statement are correct, he'll be seeing a lot of that smile.