The Nation: Tilly v.Milly

William Coleman, 56, who will resume his law practice after 22 months as Secretary of Transportation:

As T.S. Eliot said, "Between the idea and the reality falls the shadow." A Cabinet person understands that the President is operating within that shadow, educating, negotiating, compromising, transforming the idea into the reality. The Cabinet should be the cornerstone of an effective presidency.

The Ford Cabinet contained a most heterogeneous group of people, and history will record that there was more Cabinet debate, more consultation with the President, than ever before. It may have been one of the greatest Cabinets since F.D.R.'s. President Ford had identified...

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