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Opening Arguments

Who's the boss?

Some of the commentariat are giving Kathleen Sebelius a hard time for her "people who I don't work for" comment:

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded moments ago to questions about whether she will resign in the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s problematic rollout. Her response is raising some eyebrows. 

“My goal is to actually get the website up and running,” she told reporters. “The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that.”

I'd fault her for general incompetence and her work to implement a bad agenda (which creates mixed feelings about that incompetence), but not for this statement, because she's right in a broad sense. She works for the president, and her job is to do what he wants her to do.

Some people in this business say they work "for the readers," but that's kind of a crock. I work for the publisher, who is the guy who makes sure I get a paycheck. If I keep him happy, he keeps giving me those checks. Of course, if I do my job right, I'm doing what I should for readers, which is the thing that keeps him happy. But if you and he disagree about what that is, guess who I'm gonna go with.