I’ll admit I don’t know as much about the Interior Department as I should. In my experience, however, it is the nation’s No. 1 source of environmental humor.

First, it’s run by a guy named Dirk Kempthorne. Dirk! That pleased our headline writers to no end, though not as much as Johnson getting EPA.

Then there was that clown show wherein an Asst. Secretary solicited scientific review from an online gaming buddy.

Now there’s this story, about Kempthorne’s supposedly wonderful transformation of Interior, in which Rep. Jay Inslee gets off this line:

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“After his predecessor, how could he look bad?” said Inslee, who sits on the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“He has the advantage of working in a department that’s like The Bad News Bears: If you hit a dribbler single, you’re an All-Star.”


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