Sunday, March 12, 2006

Norton out


Like her mentor, James Watt, the maniacally anti-environmental interior secretary under Ronald Reagan, Gale Norton came to Washington convinced that the pendulum of public policy had swung too far in favor of the protection of America's natural resources at the expense of their commercial exploitation - especially by the oil, natural gas and mining industries.

Ms. Norton has been an extraordinarily faithful steward of the Bush agenda - but not, we are sad to say, of the lands she was obliged to protect.

She was probably canned for not selling off our country fast enough. Either that or, like her namesake Norton motorcycle, she leaked oil on the Chimp's Oval Office rug.

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