The corruption and incompetence of the Bush Interior Dept. are legend at this point, so I won’t rehash it all here (though I can’t resist linking to this).

Instead, I’ll just report that today, in a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) laid into Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett. He accused her of being responsible for incompetence and “political hackery,” and told her she should resign because, and I quote, "you refuse to acknowledge how sick this situation is."

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She disagreed. Vociferously. Words were exchanged. Entertainment!

You can watch the video here.

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