Wendy Davis: typical Harvard Law School grad

To those few of you reading this who are conservatives who managed to survive Harvard Law School, my apologies.  But I have to say, having read this, it’s obvious that Texas’s Wendy Davis is a typical Harvard Law School grad:  thin-skinned, unprincipled, arrogant, anti-constitutional, and ill-informed.  Oh, and judging by her claiming the “pro-Life” mantle for herself, appropriately Orwellian.

I know that there are good Harvard Law grads out there.  I’ve always been willing to say that Harvard Law was still producing decent lawyers as late as 1980.  Ted Cruz proves that intelligent people can still go in there and come out alive.

But in my experience, people like Obama and Wendy Davis are the typical Harvard Law grads of the past 30 or so years:  they’re undoubtedly bright going in, but after three years spent at that august institution, they’re ruined.  To them, law isn’t a matter of justice, it’s a matter of social justice.  They operate off of a sense of wounded ego and identity-based victim-hood.  Principles always give way to expediency.  And they have no professional decorum.  Barring one rather insane guy who went to Hastings, I’ve never dealt with ruder, less honest, more unreliable people across the courtroom, fax machine, telephone, email, or desk than Harvard Law Grads.  They’re like rats.

Yale grads are just as insanely ideological, but they at least acknowledge that the law creates boundaries and that professionalism exists, and they try to operate within those parameters.  Harvard Law grads don’t.

Quite possible the best thing that could happen to American politics would be for Harvard Law to suffer some sort of catastrophic financial loss and close its doors permanently.  It’s a factory for defective people who are given instant admission to America’s halls of power.

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  • Robert Arvanitis

    Glenn Reynolds has said ”  ‘Social justice’ has no meaning apart from ‘what we want’ “

  • Charles Martel

    I’m being honest when I say this, because I haven’t really tracked Davis that much, but I’m surprised that she is a Harvard Law School grad. The woman is incredibly inarticulate and illogical. I guess a remnant hopefulness in me assumed that Harvard Law, despite its descent into venality, could still produce some smart alums. I was wrong.

  • jj

    The problem with both Yale and Harvard (and yes, Harvard is worse) has been the same for years: they aren’t trained to do law, they’re trained to do social engineering, and twist the law around in service of that end.  As old Blues, both Clintons clearly evidence this.  There are some good lawyers from Yale – neither Clinton happens to be one – but Harvard is in a much worse state.

  • JKB

    This reminded me of an assessment of many who go to Harvard and Yale by Joseph Epstein on an Uncommon Knowledge episode a few months back
    (for some reason time offsets on Youtube aren’t working from me, so if that happens to you, the segment starts at 16:30)

  • JKB

    BTW, listen from 17:00 to about 19:00 for a very succinct assessment of what is wrong with education.
    That is, we treat it like a game show when real intellectual work is brooding and contemplation.  But we emphasize, 8 reasons for the Renaissance game show questions without thought or consideration.  Regurgitation instead ratiocination.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Hey, BW!!
    You’re among friends, here.  Don’t hold back!!  Go ahead and tell us what you REALLY think.

  • jj

    Entertaining video.  One caveat: Joe Epstein’s a good guy, but hardly ‘the greatest living essayist writing in English.’  Jacket prose is often purple – designedly so –  but Joe himself knows he isn’t.  At least not while Krauthammer, a far more graceful proser, remains alive.
    School’s always been regurgitation.  Learning is quite different, but learning and school only rarely intersect.  School, on the undergraduate level, presents as something to be gotten through with as little pain as possible, and – dare I admit, openly and honestly here in this room among experienced adults? – as much sex as may be arranged.  (Which is generally plenty.)  But it’s mostly a catering service, wherein you devote the first week or two to the process of learning your professors and teaching assistants, figuring out what resonates with them and what they think is important, and then feeding a steady stream thereof back to them.  This keeps them happy, makes them think you’re a hell of a fellow, and will therefore garner you an A.
    I have often said, not at all tongue in cheek, that elementary school is hard: everyone knows you.  High school is less hard: fewer people know you.  College is not hard at all: only those to whom you wish to be known will know you.  Graduate school?  You must be kidding.  (With exceptions for some of the professional schools: being a doctor, being a shrink, being a lawyer, being a nuclear engineer – in those disciplines they know you.)
    The network used to quite deliberately go out of its way to try and hire a few Ivies every year – I never knew why.  Somebody thought it was important, looked good on the masthead, or something.  It hardly ever worked.  They generally lasted a few months, before so irritating everyone around them that you just had to get rid of them.  No one – a point either Ferguson or Epstein makes in the video above – was as impressed with the pedigree of their pedigrees as they were, and it too often made living with them a practical impossibility.
    Would you have the nerve to have your kid, accepted to Yale or Harvard, not go there?  Interesting question.  I can only say my own father did.  I was accepted to Yale, but, having just spent four years in the wilderness (literally) being a preppie, I was goddamed if I was going to spend the next few years in goddam New Haven – which at that time was a sinkhole of problems: racial, crime, drugs, physical (talk about your crumbling infrastructure) and in just about every other way.  To a kid from New York, the New England cities (not the often beautiful towns: the cities) – Hartford, New Haven, New London, Springfield, Rutland, Manchester, Danbury, Waterbury, Providence – Mother of God!  You never saw such dumps.  Dying dump after dying dump after dying dump.  The only thing that prevented – then or now – New Haven from sinking back into the primordial ooze of the landfill on which it’s built (going back to prehistoric middens) is Yale.  I had no interest.  Fortunately for me my father found that amusing, but completely understandable; and sent me off to Boston (itself 80% dump in those days, but God knows better than New Haven!) to go to BU.  You have to remember how Yale has changed since, too.  As most people somehow or other do not seem to remember, or maybe never knew: undergraduate girls didn’t show up at Yale until 1970.  I had just had four years of that, too; thanks.
    I would agree that as the current generation of pedagogues croaks things will get better, were it not for the fact that my own school years, which trained these silly bastards, pre-existed them.  (Obviously, or it could not have trained them.)  I was their contemporary.  The professors who radicalized and made idiots out of that (my) generation were not the sixties generation: we are.  The ones that ruined them/us were guys like Murray Levin and Howard Zinn: from the forties.  So we’re all now getting older, and will soon be gone.  I don’t think it reverts to sanity, though: history shows it doesn’t.  I’d suspect higher education will remain f***ed forever, I’m afraid.  I’m not as sanguine as Andy and Joe, and I don’t understand the basis on which they’re optimistic.
    I’ll reiterate: stay the hell away from Ivy lawyers.  All you have to do is think: Clinton(s), and Obama.  That’s it in a nuthouse.  ‘Shell.’

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Leftist alliance is far greater and more powerful than people can imagine. Voters don’t connect the dots. It is beyond their imagination. One man, one vote, and they won’t ever need to connect them.
    This is all either part of a plan, or it’s a plan that comes together at a later date due to shared interests.