David Brooks Finds Elena Kagan’s ‘Cautious’ Approach ‘Disturbing’


I have to confess my first impression of Kagan is a lot like my first impression of many Organization Kids. She seems to be smart, impressive and honest — and in her willingness to suppress so much of her mind for the sake of her career, kind of disturbing.” —David Brooks in a Times op-ed, comparing Kagan to “Organization Kids,” students at elite colleges a decade ago marked by “great grades” and “admirable self-confidence,” but who were not “intellectual risk-takers.” He writes, “[Kagan’s] shown relatively little interest in coming up with new theories or influencing public debate.” [NYT]