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‘Republicanism on Stilts’

By on 10.13.05 | 10:54AM

If the New York Times op-ed page were publicly available (for free, that is), their columnists might actually have an impact now and then. David Brooks takes a good, hard look at Harriet Miers' columns as head of the Texas Bar Association and finds very little to recommend her thinking and writing:

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. It's not that Miers didn't attempt to tackle interesting subjects. She wrote about unequal access to the justice system, about the underrepresentation of minorities in the law and about whether pro bono work should be mandatory. But 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.

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