Once he recovered from the rookie stumbles of 1993-1994, he proved an astute infighter
He was not an intellectual like his grandfather nor an infighter
like his mother but his pragmatic approach laid the foundation of economic liberalisation.
Although Myer was an excellent lobbyist and bureaucratic infighter
, he would find Stanton to be a formidable adversary.
As an administrator, Bowra became the ultimate Oxford infighter
. Apart from the ideologues, his enemies were the scientists, whose incessant demands for funding meant that the government, which alone could provide it, would get an increasing say in university politics, with the colleges losing some of their autonomy as a result.
The promptness of his resignation, however, just one day after the NEC's decision to recall him, suggested that an experienced infighter
like Mbeki had made the calculations and had realised he faced total humiliation if things were pushed to a vote in the National Assembly.
Obama's top liaison to Congress, Phil Schiliro, is a skilled political infighter
and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, is one of the few people who can boast of shouting down Sean Hannity of Fox News on Hannity's own show, reports the New York Times.
The revered Isaac Newton was a paranoid, vindictive infighter
who made enemies of both Leibniz and Hooke, two eminent rivals, and gleefully presided over the drawing and quartering of a political enemy.
A merely capable battlefield leader, Schofield proved a superb bureaucratic infighter
after the war, whether dealing with presidents, Congress, or his fellow generals.
Most famously, Truman's Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, truly thought that Johnson was "mentally ill." However, data suggest that Johnson's outlandish grandstanding could just as well have been due to his training and practice as a trial lawyer in West Virginia or as a bureaucratic infighter
in the War Department.
Writing about the essays and fiction of the New York Jewish intellectuals in the middle of the twentieth century, Irving Howe said they took intense pleasure in disputation and built their collective style around a sense of tournament, the writer cast as "skilled infighter
juggling knives of dialectic." Combat was an essential element in their literary life, and a source of the energy that made the Partisan Review, in which they all published, the most compelling intellectual magazine in America--the most loved, the most hated, certainly the most quoted.
As a former successful union leader who wrested control of Labor from an entrenched old guard, Peretz's abilities as an infighter
should not be underestimated.
Second, he wasn't merely a fighter; he was an infighter
. He called himself an advocacy journalist, which meant he considered himself a participatory journalist who believed in participatory politics.