“George Bush and several talented people around him have made the White House a power center …” Adam Nagourney, “Shift of Power to White House Reshapes Political Landscape,” New York Times, December 22, 2002, Sec. 1, 1.
“In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.” John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961.
Molly Ivins’s description of Texas’s “weak governor” system. Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (New York: Vintage Books, 2000), xiii.
“to be for everything is to be for nothing.” Burka, “The W. Nobody Knows.”
“We had so many goals we had no goals.” Vance McMahan interview.
“We envision a state where it continues to be true that what Texas can dream, Texans can do.” Vision Texas, at http:// www.tcb.state.tx.us/Strategic_Plan/Toc482673721.htm
“world-class schmoozer” and “He’s the only governor I’ve ever known that I would like to have sitting on my back porch drinking beer and talking baseball.” Edward Walsh, “Bush’s Style Succeeded Even as Tax Plan Failed,” Washington Post, November 25, 1999, A1.
The party once stood for “moderation, tolerance, fiscal responsibility.” Jim Jeffords statement. New York Times, May 25, 2001, A20.
“It was less political hardball and more juvenile T-ball.” David R. Guarino, “Card May Shoulder Blame for Departure,” Boston Herald, May 25, 2001, 5.
“This administration has been stiff-arming Congress.” Quoted by David Rogers, “Assertive President Engineers a Shift in Capital’s Power,” Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2002, A1.
“not since Richard Nixon stiffed the Congress during Watergate …” FindLaw website, at http://writ.corporate.findlaw.com/dean/20020201.html
“This isn’t about spending.” Rogers, “Assertive President Engineers a Shift in Capital’s Power.”
“Any suggestion that the segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive, and it is wrong.” George W. Bush, statement at Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, December 12, 2002.
“something’s going to have to change. This can’t be the topic of conversation over the next week.” Elisabeth Bumiller, “With Signals and Maneuvers, Bush Orchestrates an Ouster,” New York Times, December 21, 2002, Sec. 1, 1.
“it was a clean extraction,” “They’ve got a skilled surgeon coming in to run the Senate…,” and “Whether you agree or disagree with this administration on policy…” Bumiller, “With Singals and Maneuvers, Bush Orchestrates an Ouster.”
“Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate.” Attributed to Louix XIV, by Voltaire, Le Si cle de Louis XIV, ch. 26.
“In time they all go native anyhow.” Memo to Robert Reich, “‘Lessons’ for the Eleven Weeks,” (August 13, 1992), from Charles O. Jones, ed., Preparing to Be President: The Memos of Richard E. Neustad, Washington, DC: AEI Press, 2000, 125.
“allows us to stay in the orientation and team-building business.” Stephen Barr, “DubyaDubyaDubya.theRules,” Washington Post, October 18, 2002, A35.
“We’re all here to make a difference.…” Results.gov, at http://www.results.gov/leadership/presidentmessage.html
“Governments should be results-oriented.…” Statement in Philadelphia, PA, June 9, 2000.
“The scorecard employs a simple grading system common today in well-run businesses.” Results.gov, at http:// www.results.gov/agenda/scorecard.html
“President Bush’s proposed Department of Homeland Security is an enormous grant of power to the executive branch.…” CNN, go to http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/09/03/senate.homeland/