Lousy law professor, but lots of money and power now

She was the third worst professor I had at law school.  The first worst was a guy who was hopped up on Quaaludes.  The second worst was a guy who spent 9/10 of the year on a single case, and then crammed the rest of the book into that last 1/10.  And then there was Elizabeth Warren, who was almost uniquely unintelligible.  Or maybe, as this article indicates about her communication style, it was just that I didn’t believe her lies.

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  1. Charles Martel says

    I used to be friends and do business with a guy from New York who was a 1972 graduate from Columbia University. He had come from modest beginnings and didn’t get his degree until he was 35, so he was fiercely proud of it and the respectability he thought it conferred on him.

    He moved out to the West Coast when he was 40, and while he was glad to be done with New York and its caste system, the city remained his pole star. He continued to read the NYT, and The New Yorker and all of the other provincial publications that pour out of America’s new Hicksville, almost to the exclusion of almost anything else.

    He recently moved to Europe. At our last meal together, he raved about Elizabeth Warren and what a great intellect and writer she was. Obviously he had picked up that talking point from NPR and his limited reading material. When he said that, I almost choked to death. You have to understand that at age 62 I am rapidly losing my swallowing reflex. The slightest perturbation can set off a choking fit that makes it look like I’m dying.

    Like a good conservative (and in the interest of self-preservation), I let his stupid remark pass. Arguing that woman’s lack of intellect would have wrecked an otherewise nice goodbye luncheon. But I was left wondering how a man who had always respected good writing could not see how low he had to let his otherwise high standard stoop to spout the nonsense he did.

  2. says

    ” . . . NYT, and The New Yorker and all of the other provincial publications that pour out of America’s new Hicksville.”

    Charles M, have you so nailed that town’s denizens with that description.

    P.S., what makes it even more of a laugh is that there actually is a town called Hicksville, NY – a suburb of NYC on Long Island.

  3. says

    It must have galled you supremely, Book, to hear people tell you that Obama was “smart” and that he would get “smart” people and that voting for him meant they were smart too. The last one was left unsaid.

  4. Zhombre says

    If there is one consolation in all this I suspect it will be that Warren is such an inept administrator that this agency will revert to chaos under her tenure.

  5. says

    A quick review of Warren’s bio shows little or no significant experience in actually running large, or even medium-sized, organizations.
    A big part of our problem these days is the triumph of the “staff” over the “line”…the failure to recognize that executive management is a difficult skill, and you don’t get it merely by being a good lawyer, or writer, or “analyst”, or whatever.
    (my most recent post: worthwhile reading & viewing)

  6. says

    Now the staff, due to a confluence of interests, can pick what is on the line. Certainly the unions are getting to the point where they will own the CEOs. Their government masters already own the CEO of GM and some banks.

  7. jj says

    Oh, stop it, Charles (not Martel).  Long Island is old Quaker country – Hicksville was founded by Elias Hicks and his family, and there remain a few of the descendants around today.  The Quakers were the ones who seeded Long Island with all the family and biblical names – Hicksville is about three miles south of Jericho, eight miles from Bethpage, and about ten miles from Babylon.
     
    They were also great respecters of the original owners, thus Long Island has more Indian names than, probably, anywhere else in the country.  Nobody knows this, of course – Long Island is almost uniquely populated by people who don’t know the first damn thing about the history of where they live, but I suppose that’s increasingly the case everywhere in this country.  People go spending the summer in the Hamptons and Montauk, and probably 100,000 people live in the Nassau County seat, Mineola these days – and there aren’t 500 of them that know Mineola was Montauk’s daughter.  (Hell, there probably aren’t 100 of them who know it.)
     
    I guess that’s normal, though.

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