One political scientist's all-star team of commissioners
Commissions tend to have similar demographics: Each will have a labor leader, one professor, a business figure or two, etc. And commissioners, drawn from the relatively small pool of nationally known, adequately respectable figures, tend to show up on more than one panel.Skip to next paragraph
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An all-star team of commissioners, in the eyes of a political scientist who wishes to remain nameless, might thus consist of these players:
Elliot L. Richardson - ''The perfect commissioner.'' Secretary of everything for Republican administrations, yet still appeals to Democrats.
Joseph A. Califano Jr. - A close second. Democratic White House aide and Cabinet secretary, yet still friends with Republicans. Now a Washington lawyer.
Patricia Roberts Harris - Black, female, former Carter Cabinet secretary.
Lane Kirkland - Head of AFL-CIO. Served on recent social security commission.
Derek Bok - President of Harvard University. A first-string academic choice.
Ellen Futter - Youthful president of Barnard College. Another star from academia.
Peter G. Peterson - Former secretary of commerce under Nixon, now head of a Wall Street firm. A respectable Republican financier.
Felix Rohatyn - A respectable Democratic financier.
Reginald Jones - Former chief of General Electric, an old-line, respectable company. High-tech firms are not yet seasoned enough to produce commission candidates.
J. Irwin Miller - Head of Cummins Diesel. Not well know nationally, but a heavy in Midwest Republican circles. Already served on four presidential commissions.