Thursday, October 13, 2005


[A hush falls over the blogosphere, as KARnation awaits in slobbering anticipation]

While many bloggers have been relentlessly lambasting the nomination of Harriet Miers since the day it was announced in a feeble attempt to get some national talk show host / blogger to link to them, I have remained somewhat silent and judiciously neutral on the topic. Until now.

I am against it.

Y'see, instead of reacting in an uninformed knee-jerk fashion solely because Miers isn't named "Janice Rogers Brown," I decided to wait for some sort of tangible information that might indicate to me whether she was or was not acceptable. This information is now available.

I have come to this conclusion based on three observations:

1) Senate Democrats have not recoiled in revulsion to Miers and did not promise a "fight to the death" to submarine her nomination;

2) I'm beating her so badly in the KAR poll, that one would think I was engaged in a football picking contest against her; but most importantly:

3) Today David Brooks reveals the quality of Miers' writings which provide a window to her less than substantial (in Supreme Court justice-terms, anyway) intellect.

The New York Times now charges actual cash money to read their crap now, so I don't have a link. Fortunately for you, I have ways around the Times' parsimony. Brooks begins:

Of all the words written about Harriet Miers, none are more disturbing than the ones she wrote herself. 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.

But don't takes Brooks' word for it; read for yourself from the Miers quotes he provides:

* "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."

* "We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support."

Yeeesh! These are like a crossbreed between liberal touchy-feely fluffiness and incomprehensible business speak.

We must rightsize our proclivities in order to leverage our vendor synergies so that we may create positive alternatives for our internal customers.

If Brooks hadn't told me who wrote those things, I would have guessed it was the Worst Supreme Court Justice in the History of the Universe William Brennan.

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