Good news, of a sort:
The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.
I’d bookmarked the video for the most recent Week in Blogs, but it didn’t make the cut. First, the video quality wasn’t all that good. Second, I just couldn’t think of a gag that wasn’t in even worse taste than the clip. Apparently, I have a limit.
Here’s what he said:
I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said. It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.
Charming. Historically inaccurate, too. Projecting much?