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  •  DoI vs. EPA (1+ / 0-)
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    jj32

    Interior is a primarily managerial position. I like Gregoire as a bureaucratic manager; I don't like Gregoire as an environmental advocate, since, like many east coast Democrats she's too cozy with business interests. Albeit she has the strongest connections with the tech sector, which doesn't have much overlap with Interior, but I still don't like it. EPA Administrator is a more ceremonial post, and the EPA has a more centralized environmental focus, so I'd rather see someone with a background in, well, environmental protection. An advocate.

    (-9.38, -7.49), Blood type "O", social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:14:46 PM PST

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    •  ahem, West Coast (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      and that doesn't apply down the West Coast, it is particular to Washington state for the most part.  Dems in most parts of OR are not nearly so cozy with business.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:54:31 PM PST

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    •  What blemishes are there (0+ / 0-)

      on her environmental record?

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:10:40 PM PST

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      •  Her environmental record isn't particularly bad (1+ / 0-)
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        It's just unexceptional. EPA Administrator is one of the weakest cabinet level positions (right behind Commerce) and is a post that's best used as a soapbox. Gregoire has no background in environmental causes and she's never led on environmental issues before, so why would anyone prefer to see her in a mostly ceremonial post best used as a soapbox? Of course it's true there aren't a lot of good reasons not to give her the post, but there's also not a lot of good reasons to give her the post, particularly given she has virtually no background in the associated functions of the EPA.

        I expect that if she was EPA Administrator, she'd be an acceptable but unremarkable Administrator. I'd rather see that post go to someone with a background in environmental causes who will be able to effectively use the post as a soapbox, even if it has been deprived of much real power recently.

        In contrast, Interior is the department of the miscellaneous. It has about two functions: 1). managing the national parks, and 2). doing all the annoying little thing the other departments don't want to do. The department seems perfectly suited to an effective government functionary, but not one who has a particularly specialized or exceptional background. That's Gregoire.

        (-9.38, -7.49), Blood type "O", social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

        by Setsuna Mudo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:06:51 AM PST

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