The American Constitution Society is a recently formed organization for left-leaning law students and others in the legal field, a “progressive” version of the Federalist Society. They maintain a good, frequently updated weblog. I’ve found it to be a good source for news the right side of the blogosphere often passes over.
Yesterday one of its editors, Joel Zuercher, had a bit of fun with the conservative movement’s well-funded network, poking fun of the Heritage job bank and the Leadership Institute’s training seminars. All joking aside, he noted that this network is one of the things that has made conservatives so effective at drawing talent to Washington. I’ve personally benefited from the smaller, less politically connected classical liberal network and have seen left-leaning friends suffer from the lack of one as they try to find policy work in the District.
That said, Zuercher links to a Washinton Post article showing how the conservative network was used to put regrettably unqualified young people in authority positions for the rebuilding of Iraq. I don’t mean that as a criticism of the conservatives who stood behind their ideas and accepted risky posts, but of the administration who planned so poorly for the occupation that it filled important jobs by mass emailing the Heritage job bank email list. Read the complete story for a look at how a group an untrained Washington “brat pack” [corrected] ended up running key parts of the CPA.