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April 26, 2007

Fun With Nexis

Just ran across this old Alberto Gonzales quote from an October 2005 interview with Time magazine:

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR JOB? In the first Cabinet meeting of the second term, the President challenged us, and--you know he uses baseball metaphors--he challenged us not to play little ball but to play big ball. What I want to do is use the majestic power of the Department of Justice to do some good. On the minus side, I'm not big on budget issues or having to deal with the administrative issues that come with managing 112,000 employees.

April 26, 2007 | Permalink

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He told them to play with big balls? Are all of them gay? I'm begining to think so.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: merlallen | Apr 26, 2007 9:38:21 AM

Just once, I'd like to find a Bush insider who says, "Yeah, I know everything about how my department runs and what it does, inside and out. I'm really hands-on and run a tight ship!"

Of course, no one with that sort of mindset would be allowed anywhere near Bush's inner circle.

Posted by: Tyro | Apr 26, 2007 9:48:17 AM

Playing "big ball" is not a baseball metaphor I've ever heard.

Swing for the fences, maybe.

And it's "small ball," Alberto, not "little ball."

Posted by: Jason | Apr 26, 2007 10:21:16 AM

Thats' actually a well-crafted statement typical of a Bush appointee. You get the folksiness in the first sentence, the pretense to integrity in the second, and in the third he's pretending not to know what it means to delegate. "Aw, shucks, I'm just an ol' country lawman, what do I know about running a big company?"

Posted by: Matt | Apr 26, 2007 10:40:12 AM

"Just once, I'd like to find a Bush insider who says, "Yeah, I know everything about how my department runs and what it does, inside and out. I'm really hands-on and run a tight ship!""

Yeah, because you know what it is like to manage 112,000 employees.

Posted by: Jason | Apr 26, 2007 11:25:18 AM

Jason: huh? That's a non-sequitur.

AFAIK, the "executive track" for up-and-coming managers on their way to the top levels of the company involves being rotated through all of the various corporate divisions.

So, yeah, by the end I do expect someone, by the time they get to the top, to understand how to learn everything about how their department runs and what it does, inside and out. If they're no better than the average guy at that, then why not just hire someone off the street? Of course, hiring people"off the street" (or "down the hall") seems to be how Bush makes a lot of his choices, such as Gonzales and Miers.

My point, of course, is that someone who really is that hands-on and does bring to bear a deep and thorough understanding of a large government organization would never be admitted to Bush's inner circle, since those are the very management traits that Bush despises and regard as a personal insult had anyone exhibited those traits around him.

Posted by: Tyro | Apr 26, 2007 12:07:34 PM

Maybe Bush should stop bungling metaphors, and Bush's bungling appointees should stop trying to interpret them.

Posted by: Fred | Apr 26, 2007 12:40:17 PM

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