Stanley Fish to the Defense

Stanley Fish, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has written a beautiful two page defense of Clarence Thomas’s decision in the affirmative action case last week:

Justice Thomas is not the only one in search of timeless tools to deal with the untidiness of the situations time throws up. It is the law’s claim precisely to base itself in such tools. But I believe this search has failed, and therefore we will always be engaging in the ad hoc, pragmatic reasoning of which Justice Thomas accuses the majority.

Accordingly, I find the nice political dance performed by Justice O’Connor the splitting of the political middle so that no one is either completely happy or too much in despair satisfying and to my taste. It does the job of the moment, which is exactly why Justice Thomas rejects it and in his terms (which are not mine), he is right to do so.

Fish, who supported the ruling, is able to do what the gutter whore Maureen Dowd is incapable of doing– recognizing a dissenting position, understanding the person’s reasoning for having a different opinion, declaring it a valid opinion, and moving on. Dowd, and the rest of the bitter left instead want to mock Thomas, call him and Uncle Tom, or dismiss him as stupid. Thanks, Stanley.

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    M. Scott Eiland says:

    Ugh. Admittedly, it was what appeared to be a sincere defense, but having one’s intellectual honesty defended by Stanley Fish is like having one’s chastity vouched for by Madonna–not terribly convincing or helpful even if sincere. I’ll give him props for not endorsing the veiled racism that characterizes the left’s treatment of Thomas, but the man is still one of the high priests of the PC movement, and that alone is enough for me to hold him in contempt.

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    Yale Diva says:

    Thank You, Stalney Fish

    John Cole (see below) also has a small tribute to Stanley Fish for disagreeing with Thomas, while at the same time recognizing and respecting Thomas’s opinions. This is something many others (ahem, Maureen) have had some trouble with lately. Cole…

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  1. Yale Diva says:

    Thank You, Stalney Fish

    John Cole (see below) also has a small tribute to Stanley Fish for disagreeing with Thomas, while at the same time recognizing and respecting Thomas’s opinions. This is something many others (ahem, Maureen) have had some trouble with lately. Cole…

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