October 4, 2005

Favoritism is the secret of efficiency...

I really liked Beldar's rebuttal to Prof. Barnett's Op-Ed, Cronyism: Alexander Hamilton Wouldn't Approve of Justice Harriet Miers...

....Alexander Hamilton was not against friendship, he was against incompetence and incompetents being promoted due to friendship. Hamilton himself was both George Washington's friend and his military and then political protégé, the "son Washington never had" and also his most effective cabinet secretary.

It certainly seems to me that Prof. Barnett is using the facts that Ms. Miers comes from a practicing lawyer's background, and that she's become a trusted friend while serving capably as Counsel for the Governor of Texas and the President of the United States, as his sole bases for arguing against her nomination. I believe the nicest term for that is "snotty." It's an unbecoming attitude, and this essay is just not up to his usual high standards of reasoning and writing. There may be persuasive reasons for opposing the Miers nomination, but I don't think these reasons are them.....

In the famous words of Admiral Fisher: "Favoritism is the secret of efficiency."

I read somewhere that it is not uncommon for a politician to become successful at state-level by building a great team. And then, upon being elected President, he takes the team to Washington, and the state government sort of falls apart...(I'm not, by the way, happy about the appointment of Julie Myers to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, but that's not because she's a Bush "crony." She will probably do just fine in carrying on Bush's policies, but those policies are just what I object to.)

Posted by John Weidner at October 4, 2005 8:12 AM
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