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.
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.