Nobody ever mentions clout or patronage for the feds. Nobody ever gets indicted for political hiring or political work on public time in the federal bureaucracy. And they used to. President Jackson mastered the practice. Postmaster Generals used to be plum patronage positions from big time operatives. I'll bet not a single one of the political types reading this blog can name any Postmaster General in the country. I sure can't. So, it's possible to turn patronage dumps into merit-based civil service. And it's long overdue.
UPDATE AND GRIPE: Thanks to the Austin Mayor for pointing out my post was truncuated. The Treo 600 is doing that to my emails as well. I'm slightly less happy with Sprint. If anyone knows how to fix that bug, suggestions would be welcome.