One day you call your doctor because last night you felt a tightness in your chest. You feel fine now, but it was bad last night. He chews your ass, telling you that you know better and should have called 911.
But you didn’t, not because you didn’t think you were having a heart attack (you did), but because you were in the middle of a crack binge, and had you done so, you would have gone to the hospital – and then straight to jail.
Rebecca Wodder, the radical Big Green enviromentalist nominated by President Obama as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, won't be doing anything in that job until the administration's slow-walking extension of hundreds of permits for oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is lifted.
That's because Sen. David Vitter, R-LA, has placed a hold on the Wodder nomination and made clear the hold stays until the Obama-directed bureucratic delays on restoring Gulf energy access are relaxed. The Louisiana Republican wants the permits extended a year.