Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Future biographers take note

While I respect John Roberts, in the end he is simply too much of an intellectual gadfly, flitting from this subject to that, but never digging in with any depth.

Harriet Miers, by contrast, found her great theme some years ago, and has been amplifying it ever since.

Some choice quotes from her in today's NY Times piece on her paperwork from out of Texas:

"You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect."

"[You and Laura are] the greatest.”

"Texas has a very popular governor and first lady!" [A true writerly touch here, in her use of the exclamation point.]

"I was struck by the tremendous impact you have on the children whose lives you touch."

"Keep up all the great work. The state is in great hands. Thanks also for yours and your family's personal sacrifice." [I would have thought that “your and your family’s” is better grammatically. Shows how much I know.]

"Hopefully Jenna and Barbara recognize that their parents are 'cool' - as do the rest of us."

"Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."

"All I hear is how great you and Laura are doing … Texas is blessed." [Another writerly touch in the repeated use of "blessed,” assuming these are indeed from different quotes. The latest Sunday Times Book Review notes Joan Didion's use of repetition in her latest book.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Her blog is cute, too!!