Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pottery Barn Rule

Funny invocation of the 'Pottery Barn rule' (Context: why it's hard to replace Rumsfeld for a lame duck President):
"Even the Cabinet is hard to send packing, because disgruntled former Treasury secretaries can be a problem (Don Regan, Paul O'Neill), and dismissing an incompetent Defense secretary invokes another Pottery Barn rule: You fire him, you replace him—and then go through confirmation hearings that replay all the mistakes you made together."

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