Thursday, October 13, 2005

Mediocre minds think alike

David Brooks of the NYT found some of Miers' scrawlings and sniped the following snarks.

Can Harriet Miers write a lucid Court decision?

If she has difficulty writing and communicating her positions on important judicial decisions, she won't be perceived as a force of her own but rather as a stooge of the President, even after he has left office.

In the early 90's, while she was president of the Texas bar association, Miers wrote a column called ''President's Opinion'' for The Texas Bar Journal. It is the largest body of public writing we have from her, and sad to say, the quality of thought and writing doesn't even rise to the level of pedestrian.

"More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems."

"We must end collective acceptance of inappropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism."

"When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved."

"An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin."

I don't know if by mere quotation I can fully convey the relentless march of vapid abstractions that mark Miers's prose. Nearly every idea is vague and depersonalized. Nearly every debatable point is elided. She presents no arguments or ideas, except the repetition of the bromide that bad things can be eliminated if people of good will come together to eliminate bad things.

George Will said it best,

If 100 such people had been asked to list 100 individuals who have given evidence of the reflectiveness and excellence requisite in a (Supreme Court) justice, Miers' name probably would not have appeared in any of the 10,000 places on those lists.