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Bad Candidates

Caught a bit of Neil Gorsuch inquiry on the news before leaving. He’s like those job candidates we hate to interview, wasting everybody’s time with endless verbiage aimed at pleasing everybody and committing to nothing. 

“Which of these textbooks would you prefer to use in this course?”

“Well, an argument could be made for both of these excellent textbooks.”

“Yes, it could. Please make one for the book you would prefer to use.”

“Well, they are both excellent textbooks and one could argue convincingly in favor of either of them.”

“Is there maybe another textbook you’ve used that you like?”

“Well, an argument could be made in favor of any of the excellent textbooks on the market.”

And so on, interminably.

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4 thoughts on “Bad Candidates

  1. Shakti on said:

    He’s like those job candidates we hate to interview, wasting everybody’s time with endless verbiage aimed at pleasing everybody and committing to nothing.

    Except he pretty much expects to get the job, and can’t be fired once he gets it, for life.

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    • Exactly. Our candidates who are applying for an honestly miserable job are afraid they won’t be able to pay the bills if they don’t get it. This jerk is rich and has nothing to worry about.

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  2. Nelson on said:

    Meanwhile…

    KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

    The new documents, if legitimate, stem from business ties between the Trump aide, Paul Manafort, and the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who enjoyed Moscow’s backing while he was in power. He has been in hiding in Russia since being overthrown by pro-Western protesters in 2014, and is wanted in Ukraine on corruption charges.

    The latest documents were released just hours after the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James B. Comey about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The hearing that also touched on Manafort’s work for Yanukovych’s party in Ukraine.

    Comey declined to say whether the FBI is coordinating with Ukraine on an investigation of the alleged payments to Manafort.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-documents-say-trump-aide-hid-payments-from-pro-moscow-ukraine-party/2017/03/21/92ec85f2-0e11-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_manafort-545a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.90c2dc84e12b

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  3. He sounds like someone who would make subjective (mostly anecdotal) decisions based on his perception of whatever the current circumstances required at that point in time.

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