It would be helpful to read this article above before reading my reply. Then you'll get the context.
All Griffin cares about is government space, which as we all know is run terribly, and cannot fathom the commercial space industry doing anything significant. He's arrogant and short sighted, and has always appeared that way to me with his condescending attitude towards the NewSpace movement.
NASA should have shed LEO operations to commercial space years ago, and the government should have helped commercial space establish itself while in its infancy, then cut it loose to run on its own. This would have saved NASA and the government billions of dollars.
The engineers working at NASA are no different than those working in the private industry or at Universities. To think NASA has a monopoly on all brain power in America is ludicrous, arrogant and insulting to every hard working space visionary who is not part of the government system, but has a true passion for getting humanity fully into space, to work, to play and to grow.
NASA should not be building LEO rockets anymore. Companies can do that, and in fact they do. Boeing, Lockheed, ATK and other contractor companies build the systems that NASA uses, not NASA itself, so the notion that commercial space can't do it is stupid. NASA just sets requirements. They rarely bend metal anymore. And when they do, it should be for behemoth spacecraft that are designed to build Moon bases, conduct Mars trips and facilitate asteroid missions.
Time to grow up, grow out, and commercialize space. :)