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Re: 'the gang that can't shoot straight'

Posted by ESC on September 09, 2004

In Reply to: 'the gang that can't shoot straight' posted by Ward on September 09, 2004

: In an email exchange I compared United Airlines in the States, to 'the gang that can't shoot straight'. Seems that everything they do is a real mess and they can't get their act together.
: This is a phrase in the US that seems to me to have had a movie origin. But it may go back further than that? Anybody know?

I am away from my library. But I'll bet the phrase is in Safire's Political Dictionary. Wasn't it the Nixon Administration that earned that designation?