December 31, 2008
2. Burned on stocks, real estate, and oil the savvy investor will turn to comic books and tulips as the go-to investments of 2009.
3. The Obama administration will do four things to annoy the crap out of me, and will do 15 things that just tickle me pink.
4. Blago, John Doolittle and Paris Hilton will all go to jail in the coming year.
5. I'm going to get my personal finances in order. It's about time that compound interest work for me for a change.
6. There will be a huge crisis in some country we have never heard of before, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly in and settle that shit, fast.
7. I will miss the comic stylings of Sarah Palin, especial in these hard economic times.
8. Newt is due to make a big comeback.
9. A horse named Lickity-Split will win the Triple Crown.
10. Peace will not come to the Middle East.
What are your predictions?
December 30, 2008
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December 22, 2008
The universe does not want me in shape.
December 20, 2008
Yes, that Ken Starr
I believe that Mr Starr is making a very strong play for the title of worst. lawyer. ever.
December 19, 2008
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December 16, 2008
The popular story is that America was clean and innocent until Watergate took it all away. But we've had corruption and dirty deals from the beginning. The sad truth is, overall, we are a lot more clean than we used to be, Governor Blago, notwithstanding.
December 15, 2008
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December 12, 2008
I think she (Palin) had something of a polarizing effect when she talked about how small town values are good. Well, most of us don’t live in small towns. And I was raised in the South Bronx, and there’s nothing wrong with my value system from the South Bronx.
I love it. Nobody ever talks this way. People have been talking about the wonder that is small town America for about 200 and some odd years now. Bout time somebody speak up for the city, where the vast majority of the people live.
December 11, 2008
It's really the strippers who are getting screwed on the deal. Their pay is getting cut in half, just so the club owner can keep butts in seats and sell more watered-down drinks.
The girls need to form a union.
Not to mention you've got Republican Governors running around trying to be Hoover, part 2.
This really can't be what they want, is it?
UPDATE: Yep, the GOP went and done it. Now the White House, a little more aware of the world than the Republican Senators, is scrambling to find another way.
December 10, 2008
Casting about for a new show, may I suggest Leverage? Good old fashion con/heist action, with the added bonus that the targets are the great villains of this age, the corporate crooks.
Plus, the show runner is John Rogers of Kung Fu Monkey. Scroll back through his archives for some pretty cool behind the scene and inside the writer's room stuff.
December 9, 2008
This makes replacing Obama in the senate rather complicated.
December 8, 2008
December 7, 2008
Corrupt little bastards are going down, irregardless of party.
December 6, 2008
December 5, 2008
With the economy deteriorating rapidly, the nation’s employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, the government reported Friday morning, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent.
Over all, the job losses since January now total more than 1.9 million, with most coming in the last three months as consumers and businesses cut back sharply in response to the worsening credit crisis.
“Business shut down in November,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “Businesses are in survival mode and are slashing jobs and investment to conserve cash. Unless credit starts flowing again soon, big job losses will continue well into next year.”
The report on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics included sharp upward revisions in job-loss figures for October (to 320,000 from the previously reported 240,000) and for September (to 403,000 from 284,000).
Dun, Dun, DUNNNNNNN!
December 4, 2008
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We need a Bush legacy Team B. Something to counter this. Someone to show up on TV ten years from now and remind everyone just how bad the Bush years were. Whenever someone tries to publish a book rewriting history or to rename a school or a courthouse after Bush, they need to be there.
Darn. I mean, it's a Senate race in Georgia, but still. Darn.
The last race to be determined is Franken's.
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“Hannity & Colmes,” the longest-running program on the Fox News Channel, will soon be without Colmes.
Alan Colmes, 58, the liberal half of the 9 p.m. show, will leave his daily hosting duties at the end of the year, the network announced Monday.
While the network remained quiet about its plans for the political debate program, two people close to the network said that Sean Hannity, 46, Mr. Colmes’s conservative counterpart for the last 12 years, would become the sole host of the hour.
No really, how is this different?
November 24, 2008
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And before you despair over the state of the American voter, keep in mind these are the dumbest, sloppiest, weirdest voters out of some 3 million voters in this Senate race. Normally these folks don't matter, but with a margin this close, every stray pen mark matters.
I mean, an extra write-in vote for the "Lizard People?" What, is that suppose to be funny?
Al Franken as Senator would be funny. But you know, in a good way.
What do you say?
November 19, 2008
In al-Qaida's first response to Obama's victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect..."house negroes."
November 18, 2008
Get on it.
UPDATE: Score one for the Indian Navy.
November 17, 2008
I wouldn't take a meeting with a terrorist-lover. I wouldn't love forward to working with someone who would endanger our nation.
It was all crap.
November 16, 2008
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November 13, 2008
Dodged a bullet there, American, dodged a bullet.
November 12, 2008
UPDATE: 814 Votes! That's got to be a comforting margin of victory these days.
November 11, 2008
Barack Obama - Renegade
Michelle Obama - Renaissance
Malia Obama - Radiance
Sasha Obama - Rosebud
Joe Biden's - Celtic
Jill Biden - Capri
Sure, you have to eat rubber chicken and trudge though the snow of Iowa and give speech after speech after speech and have Sean Hannity tell America that you're a terrorist night after night. But in the end, you get a code name. A really cool code name.
November 10, 2008
Look, we live in an R-rated world, filled with sex and violence and most of all, cussing. I hear cussing everyday. So do you. I myself went to the F-Bomb just today, when a tree planting exercise took a wrong turn. The world of politics, filled with competition, high-tension negotiation and people getting screwed with their pants on. Of course it's filled with swearing. Working on a campaign was where I learned my favorite curse of all time "What a cluster f--k" (lots of things get screwed up on campaign.) Everybody curses up a storm in the world of politics. When from time to time it slips out on TV, why do we always act so shocked?
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.
Bush and Obama held a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gave the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave an enthusiastic, if unconventional, welcome on Thursday to the election of Barack Obama, citing among his attributes youth, good looks and a "suntan."
I know it's a new thing, but try and get your head around it.
November 6, 2008
If you read much about the underpinnings of the American Revolution, you hear a lot about Civic Virtue. If we put the people in charge, are they going to be virtuous enough not to lead us to disaster.
Well, what the hell Alaska? You sent a bad man back to office, knowing full well what he was. Why did you do it? For the pork? If a man gets you enough worthless bridges, do you forgive him anything? Between this and the Palin thing, Alaskan voters are rabidly getting a reputation for bad, bad choices. As it should be. We need to make examples out of some folks, to inspire everyone else.
Have to keep up the civic virtue somehow.
UPDATE: Ok, here's the actual web page for you to apply for a job with the Obama Administration. I'm all talk, but if you want to...
November 5, 2008
Both Al Franken and Charlie Brown are down by just a few hundred votes in their races. Definitely recount territory, but I would much rather they be up a little than down a little.
I cannot believe that the good people of Alaska just reelected a convicted felon to the United States Senate.
Dems are at +5 in the Senate, with a few races left to play out. Time to dump Joe Lieberman.
Prop 8 is winning. Damn. The Supertrain looks like its going to squeak it out. As is redistricting.
Dems pick up at least 20 in the House, with some more races left to finish.
Oh, and President Obama. Wow.
November 4, 2008
5:40 Libby Dole is toast.
6:02 CNN now has it 174-49 Obama with the 6:00 pm poll closings. No battlegrounds yet, but that looks good. Keep in mind that CA is worth 55.
6:08 Udall wins in New Mexico. The Dems are at +4 in the Senate.
6:24 Ohio! MSNBC calls. Easy night.
6:25 Damn looks like McConnel, that little worm, is going to make it. But he's going to be leading a lot less Republicans in the Senate.
6:40 Who puts Obama over the top? I'm kind of hoping we get to 8:00 pm and CA. But Florida or Virgina could spoil the fun. Take your time counting folks.
7:03 Next round of poll closings. Utah for McCain, Iowa for Obama. You got one hour left to vote in California. Move.
7:11 Last of his kind. Chris Shays is done. There are now no GOP Congressman from all of New England.
8:00 The coast makes toast. Obama is the next President of the United States.
Tell me your voting story.
November 3, 2008
There's a measure on the ballot in San Fransisco to legalize prostitution. Woo? Maybe. I'm sort of torn. What do you think? Prostitution is your classic victimless crime, until it isn't. All kinds of nasty associated with prostitution, exploited immigrants, nasty pimps and the like.
Still not sure who I'm going to vote for in the Mayor's race. Very unsettling for me.
What are some local issues, you, the loyal readers are considering?
Oh and for extra Senate drama, the Georgia race could go to a run-off in December. Georgia law required a run-off if no one get 50%, and a Libertarian is running strong enough to make that happen. The Dems race to get to 60 votes in the Senate could go into overtime.
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Hi. You're going to call off your rigorous investigation. You're going to publicly state that there is no underground group. Or... these guys are going to take your balls. They're going to send one to the New York Times, one to the LA Times press-release style. Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not... fuck with us.
Well, what happens when the very people who the McCain campaign depends on to spread their slimy attacks rebel. An entire call center in Indiana walked out rather than read the crap the GOP wanted to put out. The people who work in call centers are not Republicans. They are not going to get John McCain's tax cut. They are going to get better health care with Obama and worse health care under McCain. If enough of them get wise to the situation and make their stand, the whole system could come crashing down.
I love the smell of political awareness. Smells like - victory!
This the week that they have to top the Obama is a terrorist/socialist.
What can they do to top that?
October 26, 2008
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Here's one of MY favorites: Essayist/comedian David Sedaris on undecided voters:
"To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."
Aren't liberal gay men FUN?
October 22, 2008
And now comes news that the RNC has spent 150 grand outfitting Palin and her family in clothing. Nothing says "working-class gal" like $150,000 worth of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Is it any wonder that the Palin pick has become a massive drag on the GOP ticket? Palin is now the most cited concern that voters have about McCain. The GOP attitude in recent years is that they can spin their way out of everything. All screw-ups, be it bad policy, mis-statements, bad personnel choices, scandal, etc., can just be handled with an aggressive public relations policy. There's never a move to make a real change. Don't change course on the war, fire Roberto Gonzales or admit that you picked the wrong person for VP. Just spin harder. Hell, Larry Craig is still in office, thinking he could spin he way out of a frickin bathroom solicitation conviction. But spin has its limits, and the GOP has found those limits. Those limits are going to absolutely murder them in 13 days.
October 21, 2008
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Oh and the numbers have reset again. Back to one.
Prop 1 High Speed Rail Bond. SUPERTRAIN! This is your chance to bring in the future. Getting it started, anyway. The Chant recommends Yes.
Prop 2 Animal Confinement. Puts in some basic standards for how we house farm animals. To keep their lives from completely sucking. You know, before we eat them. The Chant recommends Yes.
Prop 3 Children's Hospital Bond. Think of the children. The sick children. The poor, sick children with big eyes and big hearts. Eyes that look right though you. The Chant recommends Yes.
Prop 4 Notification for Abortions for Minors. Again. We are voting on this one again. For like the third election in a row. It loses every time. Help it lose again. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 5 Drug Treatment. Diverts drug users from jail to treatment. Will cut down on the massive California prison population and get some help for those poor drug-addicted bastards. The Chant recommends Yes.
Prop 6 Police Funding. Gang Crimes. No, no, no. This is an attempt to lock in funding for law enforcement to the state budget. Mucking up the process even more. Making it even harder to get a budget. This is all wrong. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 7 Renewable Energy. Sounds good on first blush, but this measure is actually opposed by all the environmental groups and existing alternative energy providers. I'm done taking chances on energy reform in California. Write something everyone signs off on or no deal. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 8 Ban on Gay Marriage. Bans gay marriage. If this passes, my dream of marrying Daniel Craig, taking his name and becoming Craig Craig will die. Don't deny me that dream. Also, don't be an ass. Let folks love each other. And get the tax break. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 9 Victims' Rights. A bunch of stuff for crime victims in the justice system. Warm fuzzy stuff that costs a ton of money and jeopardizes fair trials for the accused. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 10 T Boon Picken's Prop. Alternative fuels. I'm rather suspicious of Texas oil billionaires who want to sell me something. Besides, we are spending our money on trains and sick kids. Oh and vets. Keep reading. The Chant recommends No.
Prop 11 Redistricting. Oh yes. Right now the Legislature draws the districts for the legislators. You see the problem? They draw secure districts where no one loses. We need to stop this. It's not a cure for all our ills, but it's the single best change to the system I know. The Chant recommends Yes.
Prop 12 Veterans Bonds. Yeah. We owe them. The Chant recommends Yes.
I'm exhausted. When do we get the prop that ends props? I'd vote for that.
Obama raised 150 million+ in September.
Most campaigns have to be making hard choices right about now. Spend the last ad dollars in Ohio or Florida? Radio ads or extra money for GOTV? But the Obama campaign doesn't have to make hard choices. They have a staggering amount of money, they can do it all. Run ads everywhere they need to and throw in some extra states just for fun. Buy half-hour blocks of network time to make their case in depth. Put together a massive ground game and a massive media buy. Do it all.
October 18, 2008
October 17, 2008
Not so innocent times, those.
October 16, 2008
Why is McCain so pissed? Did he expect to run for President unopposed? The man has been a professional politician for over thirty years. He can't take a little criticism on his health care policy? McCain plays craps, Obama plays poker. You can see it on their faces.
October 15, 2008
And Obama wins all the snap polls. Again.
This summer, McCain was running around demanding that he and Obama hold ten debates. I wonder if he still wants more after three.
October 14, 2008
Well, now Obama is up 14% in the latest NYTimes/CBS poll.
Should be up big. Is up big.
October 13, 2008
He's doing everything he needs to do, compromised every principal, sold out every ideal. And he's losing anyway.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that today's market isn't based on anything real. Even if it goes in the right direction, these kinds of swings just can't be healthy.
The Mattress Trust is still available. Security you can sleep on.
October 12, 2008
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October 6, 2008
Shakira has endorsed Obama as well. T-Bogg notes her, um, assets.
I figure we take Shakira's Ass and Ralph Stanley's voice and go on tour with Bruce.
That 3 million extra votes right there.
All of which is say, John McCain is just going to hurt himself with this crap.
He might have been born in Hawaii and raised all over, but Obama came up as a politician in Chicago. McCain is growing increasing desperate. He's attacking Obama with vague guild-by-association smears and petty rips on his patriotism and character. So Obama is going to the headwaters of McCain scandal - The Keating Five. Obama very rarely attacks. But his counter-attacks are things of beauty.
Now comes the ugly part.
October 5, 2008
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As for Biden, he answered the damn question and answered it well. Not too much talking and no miscues.
All the post-debate polls are giving it Biden by a large margin. There are real limits to the expectations game.
October 2, 2008
Cat and Moose!
October 1, 2008
It is up to Joe Biden to end this farce. He's got the only chance of ending this. He has 90 minutes in the spotlight to put her out of her misery. Joe, if you don't give her the mercy she deserves and end her candidacy Thursday night, we are in for five more weeks of this slow torture.
End it Joe. For all our sakes.
September 30, 2008
Satire is supposed to tear down hypocrisy and demolish abusers of power, but this is a movie version of the The ½ Fox News Hour. It’s a bunch of rich and arrogant people making fun of free speech, dissenting opinions, minorities and being middle class. That’s not to say it couldn't have somehow worked, but Zucker is a poor marksman and his shotgun approach winds up shooting himself instead of making a point. A joke about a slave named Barack comes off racist, while Mel Brooks was able to hit the target in BLAZING SADDLES and bitch slap bigots with no backtalk.
Conservatives just can't be funny. Sad but true. If the jokes had worked they would have been liberal jokes.
September 29, 2008
Put your faith in the First Craig Mattress Trust. Because everyone else is going to screw you.
*0 percent annual rate of return. Guaranteed.
Not everyone who watches the campaign is equal. If you would indulge me in a sports metaphor for a moment some voters are fans and some are the ball. The fans know who they are voting for. They are cheering for their guy to do well and the other guy to stumble. The undecided voters are the ball. They are who the candidates are playing for. The guy who gets his fans cheering loudest feels good about himself. They guy who wins the ball, wins. The pundits in this metaphor are the color guys in the announcer booth. You can impress the hell out of John Madden with your gutsy play, but if you don't put points on the board. Likewise, David Gergen could rule you the winner all day, but if the voter don't swing your way, you have lost my friend.
September 28, 2008
The worst part is that the most ridiculous, incoherent Palin answer is a quote. The answer to the bailout question is a direct quote. The written joke lines are at least coherent. Palin is rapidly moving beyond our capacity to mock.
September 27, 2008
Nothing decisive last night. Things stayed pretty civil, considering the schoolyard pettiness that's been going on the last few weeks. Each side got their shots in. McCain needs to show his work. He keeps saying how Obama doesn't know anything and how he does, but he doesn't demonstrate why that's true. I can go around claiming I'm funny, but till I tell a joke, its just talk. Cutting earmarks won't actually solve any of our economic problems. Lots of people noted how pissed McCain is. Its like he's constantly on the verge of blowing his top, just cause he had to do the debate at all.
Obama won all the post-debate insta-polls, so that's something.
Palin-Biden up next. Biden was everywhere last night, doing the post-debate spin with happy-warrior enthusiasm on all the networks. Palin was...nowhere. Their debate should be worth watching.
September 26, 2008
At this points, I'm not going to be surprised by anything else short of alien invation.
Here's Sarah Silverman introducing the concept. As is to be expected with Sarah, funny with questionable material.
The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.
September 25, 2008
So if there's no deal, does the world end? Does McCain not show for the debate, and does Obama get the full hour to talk?
What happens next? If the fate of the Nation wasn't at stake, I would be totally getting popcorn.
Well multiply that contrast by ten and you have the Obama-McCain race. McCain has gone though at least two major campaign shake-ups. Everybody gets fire shake-ups. McCain make crazy, unpredictable choices. Not just the one time, but over and over and over. Obama manages to resist the panic when he was down in the polls. (And good lord, we Dems love to panic) McCain goes down in the polls and it's hit the big red button time.
Micky Kaus is right (Oh Crap) a McCain Presidency would be exhausting.
September 24, 2008
This is the craziest McCain move yet. One day of bad polls and these guys go wacky. What the hell is McCain going to do to get the bailout passed? Is he really not going to go to the debate on Friday night? Is Obama going to debate an empty chair?
2. I start poking around the T Rowe Price website, looking for a way out of the stock market.
3. I go to my bank's website, just to be sure about that whole federally insured thing.
4. Deposits insured up to 100,000 dollars. If you have more than that in your account, you're not protected.
5. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. $100,000. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha.
6. Panic over.
September 23, 2008
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
September 22, 2008
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Yesterday, in the midst of a speech, Sarah Palin told voters about what they could expect from a "Palin and McCain administration." Seriously, there's video of it.
What's more, ABC News' Jake Tapper added that he's heard Palin refer to John McCain as her "running mate," a designation Tapper said he's never heard a "VP nominee use when discussing the guy at the top of the ticket."
And just to add insult to injury, Jonathan Martin reports that twice this week, he's noticed a fair number of people leave campaign rallies after Palin speaks, not sticking around long enough to hear what John McCain has to say. It happened on Tuesday in Ohio, and again yesterday in Iowa.
Not that I want to see this ship of fools elected, but I wonder how this plays out in a McCain Administration. Vice-Presidents are only as powerful as the President makes them. I always figured Palin would get a nothing portfolio. After all, McCain the warrior is not going to defer to girl in any Affair of State that matters. But what if Palin just steals the Presidency out from under McCain? This is a democracy after all, power, in the end, comes from popular support. So what if Palin has all the support? All the conservatives in Congress will support her over McCain. All the conservative institutions like talk radio and interest groups like the NRA and Pro-Life folks like her better. McCain may be end up like the old rich bugger who finds that his trophy wife is running the business.
September 17, 2008
Though she has been on the campaign trail for nearly three weeks, Palin has yet to hold a press conference, and this morning's stop marked the first time she answered a question from the press on the fly, prompting concerned looks from staffers.
This is quite possibly the most ludicrous situation in American political history. A Vice-Presidential candidate that will not take questions? Who won't hold press conferences? Answering questions from the press is a huge part of the modern Presidency. A Vice-President who is not just reluctant, but afraid? The staff look concerned any time she come near a microphone? Unreal.
Own, and now that we've nationalized a rather large chunk of the economy in recent days, how are we going to run these companies? Personally I vote for worker run collectives. And don't try and tell me it wouldn't work. If having a highly paid CEO running your company worked, we wouldn't be in this mess.
September 16, 2008
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September 12, 2008
James Fallows does the best job explaining why this is so bad:
Sarah Palin did not know this issue, or any part of it. The view she actually expressed -- an endorsement of "preemptive" action -- was fine on its own merits. But it is not the stated doctrine of the Bush Administration, it is not the policy her running mate has endorsed, and it is not the concept under which her own son is going off to Iraq.
How could she not know this? For the same reason I don't know anything about European football/soccer standings, trades, or intrigue. I am not interested enough. And she evidently has not been interested enough even to follow the news of foreign affairs during the Bush era.
A further point. The truly toxic combination of traits GW Bush brought to decision making was:
2) Lack of curiosity
That is, he was not broadly informed to begin with (point 1). He did not seek out new information (#2); but he nonetheless prided himself on making broad, bold decisions quickly, and then sticking to them to show resoluteness.
We don't know about #2 for Palin yet -- she could be a sponge-like absorber of information. But we know about #1 and we can guess, from her demeanor about #3. Most of all we know something about the person who put her in this untenable role.
September 11, 2008
September 10, 2008
The Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal — including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.
The investigation also concluded that several of the officials “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.”
They were literally in bed with the oil industry. Not a metaphor. These were the people who's job it was to make sure the public got a good deal when oil companies drilled on public land. And they got bought off with blow and blow.
Oh and John McCain was the chair of the commerce committee during this scandal, which oversees this department.