So it turns out that there is a “culture of ethical failure” in the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service. The Inspector General’s reports “portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch.” It’s all there: sex, drugs, cash–just the sort of thing that makes a good scandal.
Wow–just the sort of thing that would have called for vigorous Senate oversight during this time. If, say, the chair of one of the committees with jurisdiction over all this didn’t uncover it, then you might say that such a person would be unfit for national office. You certainly wouldn’t call him a candidate for change. If he was also getting millions from energy companies, you might suspect that any claim to be a change candidate might stink like fish in a newspaper–or even look like lipstick on a pig.
You peeked, didn’t you?
PS Commerce obviously isn’t the only committee with jurisdiction, but the MMS sells oil and gas on the open market. That’s an interstate commerce issue if there ever was one. And last I checked, oil goes through pipelines.