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Scott Pruitt Resigns

Filed under: General — JVW @ 1:14 pm

[guest post by JVW]

I think many of us here appreciated Pruitt’s steady work in rolling back some of the more ridiculous and onerous regulations imposed during the Obama years, but it’s hard to get past the idea that he was yet another swamp rat who had no moral compunction about living large on the taxpayer dime. It shouldn’t be difficult to find a — ahem, ahem — public servant who doesn’t feel the need to live like a mafia chieftain.

So long, Scott.


76 Responses to “Scott Pruitt Resigns”

  1. Any ideas as to who would be a good nominee for a new EPA Administrator?

    JVW (42615e)

  2. ugh

    coward-ass Scott Pruitt went Full Palin

    worthless p.o.s.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. Lock him up!

    Tillman (d34303)

  4. pikachu!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. A bigger loss ed schultz has died. I remember in an interview ed say msnbc executives wouldn’t allow him to cover bernie sanders announcement from burlington vermont live when he had taken his news crew their. Thats when he knew the fix was in for hillary clinton with the fake news media.

    wendell (5e4356)

  6. 1.Any ideas as to who would be a good nominee for a new EPA Administrator?

    Check w/Human Resources at Fox.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  7. And what was the cost to the treasury of Lisa sky dragon fantasy, furthermore you encourage more harassment by resigning.

    Narciso (5d299c)

  8. Over at Powerline, Steven Hayward points out that the green industry and its media allies have had their long knives out for Pruitt from the beginning. That may be well and true, but as Mr. Hayward points out, “[Pruitt] seemed to have more than the usual self-regard and obliviousness to ‘appearances,’ whose double-standards Republicans need to understand when they go to DC.”

    Steven Hayward also suggests that Pruitt really started courting trouble once the EPA announced it was reviewing the ethanol blending requirements. That is a fascinating development, if it is indeed true.

    JVW (42615e)

  9. Like I said in previous thread, merge or devolve to states or regional compacts.

    urbanleftbehind (944c49)

  10. Who will be the next target separated by the Alinsky pack to be killed by a thousand bites?

    He is the best EPA Administrator we’ve ever had. He is probably a dick, too. Given how hated he was, it’s probably a good thing to be a dick.

    Loyalty is a one-way street with DJT. It’s more like a superhighway.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  11. That explains miss Ernst agita, I couldn’t get how he found it so hard to find accommodations and needed someone to try to find his wife a,job at chikafil?

    Narciso (5d299c)

  12. I have no idea how much of the charges (like the, what, $50,000 office furniture?) were from him or from underlings who then got his approval and pinned it on him. I’m betting the latter.

    He should have used it as an opportunity to roll heads, but he caved instead.

    Ingot9455 (75888e)

  13. Shine was purged by the Murdoch brood who felt ailes was just too thought criminal for skynet ministry.

    How long did girsuchs mother hold out against the back stabbing weasels.

    Narciso (5d299c)

  14. Ymmv, I guess he didn’t crucify enough coal magnates.

    Narciso (5d299c)

  15. @8 JVW

    Completely disagree. Back when Roy Moore lost the election due to being a creep, there were dire predictions that this would become a standard procedure employed against other Republican candidates. Didn’t happen. It’s the same here. There aren’t any other cabinet members being pilloried for being swamp rats. The simplest explanation is most likely correct: Moore was a sex pest, and Pruitt is a self-serving douchebag.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  16. Dirty Scott’s series of corruptions made it easy for his detractors. It shouldn’t be coincidental that he resigned after this NYT article, detailing how he violated the Federal Records Acts and then fired the person who raised questions about deleted meetings on his calendar.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  17. Like the garbage thrown at Jordan by Perkins and coie whitewashed for Clinton and Obama as well as gitmo detainees,

    Narciso (5d299c)

  18. he was so respectable and admirable now he’s just a dirty prostitution hooker like Stormy Daniels

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  19. Jewel-Osco President Doug Cygan died Thursday morning at the age of 55.

    A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain said he suffered from a brief illness before his passing.


    Mr. Cygan began as a part-time clerk with Jewel-Osco more than 30 years ago, eventually working his way up to President in 2017.

    that’s very America and stalwart unlike Scott Pruitt who has shown himself to be a worthless and cowardly dirty prostitution hooker

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. That is quite young, for a CEO to pass on.

    Narciso (5d299c)

  21. yes it’s very sad seems like he was a super-nice guy

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  22. worthless and cowardly dirty prostitution hooker Scott Pruitt resigns even though he’s perfectly capable of doing a great job

    worthless and cowardly dirty prostitution hooker John McCain refuses to resign even though he’s not capable of doing his job even a little

    these people both have very poor character and they shouldn’t be entrusted with responsibility

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. BREAKING: President Trump says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on his own accord and there was “no final straw.”

    i believe this

    scott just wasn’t man enough to hang in there

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. Was not a fan of Ed Schultz but I did not know this part of his history:

    He earned All-Conference, All-District and NAIA All-America honors while playing for the Dragons. He was also named an NCAA Division II honorable mention All-America.

    He held 19 MSUM, seven Northern Intercollegiate Conference and two national passing records when he left MSUM, and he had led the NCAA Division II in passing in 1977, the same year he was named the NIC’s most valuable player.

    Schultz had an extended tryout in 1978 in the Oakland Raiders training camp as a free agent before being cut. He then took a position as a broadcaster in the KXJB-TV sports department in Fargo.“

    harkin (ef4f0e)

  25. It’s the same here. There aren’t any other cabinet members being pilloried for being swamp rats. The simplest explanation is most likely correct: Moore was a sex pest, and Pruitt is a self-serving douchebag.

    Why can’t it be true that Pruitt was self-serving and wanted to live like a pasha, but at the same time he was the target of a political assassination orchestrated by the green lobby and their media allies? Though it is certainly true that when you have a huge target on your back you oughtn’t give your enemies a clear shot at you.

    JVW (42615e)

  26. Hannity would be a good fit at EPA; he’s toxic.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  27. Pruitt saw the writing on the wall.

    The President needs to find someone willing to be as strong on policy without the baggage of curious, apparently unethical behavior. That cr*p should have died with Chairman Zero.

    harkin (ef4f0e)

  28. EPA Scandals Under The Obama Administration

    harkin (ef4f0e)

  29. ugh

    coward-ass Scott Pruitt went Full Palin

    worthless p.o.s.
    happyfeet (28a91b) — 7/5/2018 @ 1:22 pm

    What in the world do you have against Sarah Palin? She was wonderful in her public service. Why do you think she abused her position?

    Anon Y. Mous (01516b)

  30. Our Captain is vamping in Montana; more cowbell: Trump thumps-down thumbs down dying McCain, b-tch-slapping Tester, calls for more ICE as crowds drink it up. And, of course, ‘tune in on Monday at 9 o’clock’ for SCOTUS reveal.’


    DCSCA (797bc0)

  31. he was raised then abandoned by wolves,

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. “A thousand points of light… what the hell does that mean, anyway?” -DJT

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  33. The interesting oint is that Pruitt didn’t seem to have ethics roblems before he was appointed head of the EPA. Is that right? If so was it caused by the expense of lving in Washington?

    But some of this sounds like pure stupidity – the soundproof booth.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  34. HuffPo writer is amazed at black man thinking for himself:

    Kimberly Johnson

    Out on the road the other day I saw an affluent black man driving a BMW with two bumper-stickers. One was pro-NRA and the other one was a Tea Party sticker that read, “Don’t tread on me.”

    This left me very confused.*
    __ _

    Sheila M.
    Replying to @AuthorKimberley
    This tweet makes you look very ignorant and racist .
    __ _

    Chad Felix Greene
    Black people can support political positions that best fit with their individual values now Kimberley.

    It was in all the papers.
    __ _

    Steven with a V
    Replying to @AuthorKimberley
    It’s not confusing to people who don’t judge others based on their skin tone. You should try it. 🇺🇸
    __ _

    [She attempts to dig her way out]

    Kimberley Johnson
    It’s not about skin tone. It’s about people voting against their own interests. The same can be said for anyone who isn’t rich and white.
    __ _
    Amy Curtis

    What, exactly, are that black man’s interests?

    What are my interests, as a woman?

    Enlighten me, because here I was thinking black men and women of any race could, you know, decide for ourselves what is and isn’t in our own best interest.
    __ _

    (((Mary Fernandez)))
    Replying to @AuthorKimberley
    Maybe he stole the car. That would fit your narrative.

    __ _

    harkin (ef4f0e)

  35. “It was totally his decision.” -DJT

    Trump didn’t have the balls to fire him. Ask Stormy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. The last 50,000 Democrat Congressmen, Cabinet officers, judges and assorted bureaucrats all did the same thing. Just nobody had an axe to grind with them, nor a place to publish the dirt if they did.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  37. (like the, what, $50,000 office furniture?)

    $50K in office furniture? For a cabinet-level officer? I’m willing to be that’s a standard deviation to the low side. I bet Hillary spent that much on a chair.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  38. Pruitt’s replacement is rolling into DC as we speak.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  39. When the king’s ministers see that the king can get away with seemingly anything, it does not encourage good discipline within the ranks of the king’s ministers. Pruitt should have been taken to the woodshed, obliged to clean up his act, and put back in harness to use his very formidable energy, advocacy, and authority in service of conservative, constitutional government. He’d have shaped up or been shipped out. I regret his self-immolation, but the managers of the managers failed to do his duty when it came to Pruitt.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  40. Somebody like Malvaney perhaps? Sober minded, diligent, righty.

    But honestly, can anyone survive a full court press from Big Enviro?

    Patricia (3363ec)

  41. Kevin M

    One of Trump’s Big Promises was to Drain the Swamp. Did Hillary do that?
    Instead he kept Pruitt on despite Pruitt acting like a cartoon caricature of a Swampdweller.
    If you make swampdraining a core campaign issue then you ought to at least make sure the Swamp gets no bigger.
    I am just wondering what straw broke the camel’s back.

    kishnevi (4777d8)

  42. Those who aspire to survive a full court press from Big Enviro must commit first to being, like Caesar’s wife, above suspicion themselves.

    Of course, this Caesar’s wives weren’t the ones banging the “models,” so I guess the comparison breaks down, or Pruitt thought that it did.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  43. Right keep going:

    That troll ma Richards featured the justices mother back in 1988, thus was part of their pantomime horse,act

    Narciso (dba109)

  44. Let’s take a look at Big Enviro’s attempts to crush previous Republican EPA admins:

    2001-2003 Christine Whitman: resigned after refusing a request by VP Cheney to implement a rule easing pollution controls that was later found to violate the Clean Air Act.
    2003-2005 Mike Leavitt: No notable controversies, promoted to Sec of HHS
    2005-2009 Stephen Johnson: Repeatedly butted heads with environmentalists, the state of California, and “the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Council of Economic Advisors, and Small Business Administration”. Despite these vast and powerful forces arrayed against him, he served until the end of Bush’s term.

    I’ll reiterate that Occam’s Razor leads us to the simplest explanation for Pruitt’s downfall: he was a weasel.

    Davethulhu (3fc14a)

  45. I thought he spent too much money on his security detail. Having thought about it, his “secretiveness”, including his safe room, does not bother me. The things he was working on were just the kind of things inside traders, and industrial spies generally, would want to know about. The sweetheart condo deal … that was kind of unseemly.

    nk (dbc370)

  46. Sure, he may be a weasel, but from what I could see, he did a good job. I always thought the proverb about Caesar’s wife was that it was sort of a PR goal, an impossibility. And was Pruitt accused of banging models? That might have been the one thing they didn’t accuse him of.

    So let’s get Stephen Thompson in EPA again if he survived the last tour of duty among the hostiles.

    I always ask people (the ones conversing in a calm tone of voice): If some regulations at the EPA were good, does that mean all regulations at the EPA in perpetuity are good? When does the law of diminishing returns come into play? Are we all going to die of pollution in the next few years?

    Patricia (3363ec)

  47. The last epa administrator communicated through private emails this,was why they never are going to prosecute Hillary, some of her underlings pretended to be cia operatives.

    Narciso (dba109)

  48. I don’t think that Caesar’s wife applies. There have been dozens of Republican congressional candidates since Roy Moore, and none of them had people coming forward to call them a creep. If the next EPA director is forced out, it’ll be for the same reason that Trump is setting a record for the biggest staff turnover: Trump and his advisers are terrible at vetting candidates.

    Davethulhu (3fc14a)

  49. Ted Nugent for EPA czar

    mg (9e54f8)

  50. Frankly, I’d give the job to Gingrich, telling him to bend all the EPA’s resources to preventing the next Carrington Event. After all, a solar EMP would do far greater damage than anything the enviroweenies talk about.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  51. Caesar’s wife would have been exposed as a temple prostitute had she tried to fight the Sierra Club.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  52. 46:

    Let’s recap:

    Centrist resigned rather than do something.
    Timeserver served time, did nothing.
    Guy butted heads against everyone, but didn’t actually change anything because he was too busy head-butting.

    Guy who actually crapped all over the EPA’s holy temple gets ridden out on a rail.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  53. Can’t we get someone in as EPA head who forces nuclear power plant construction?

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  54. Oh my.

    Our Captain wants to get into Elizabeth Warren’s genes.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. No disco red Swiss has been a fraud in both personal and academic sense for 30 years.

    Narciso (28ee45)

  56. Getting back to real news

    Narciso (28ee45)

  57. Strzok created a false timeline to excuse his dragging in the Hillary investigation

    Narciso (28ee45)


    Narciso (28ee45)

  59. It was purportedly a piece about kethledge’s standing among the selection. In ordinary circumstances I would say pick any of them, if I hadn’t heard the recordings of the court hearings in Miranda as well as other major cases, if nfib and Schwarzenegger hasn’t happened

    Narciso (28ee45)

  60. so it was dirty pentagon trash-piggy general kelly what was most responsible for undermining Mr. Pruitt

    pentagon piggies have no business anywhere near a proper civilian government that’s for sure

    number one the military trash sewer leaves them ill-prepared for gainful employment number two they’re hyper-entitled entitled and deeply silly people

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  61. In Pruitt’s first year, EPA had cut $1B worth of rules and started the process of repealing major Obama-era regulations.

    is anybody really dazzled by this

    ooh a billion dollars?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  62. oopers entitled

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  63. kino jimenez
    attacking minors for sport
    liked jose better

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  64. Kino arrested.

    Not finding anyone who blamed Trump for newsroom shootings blaming Mad Maxine for this assault.

    harkin (ef4f0e)

  65. Happy, you’re gonna get your arse kicked by the “…but the homeless vets!” crowd.

    urbanleftbehind (944c49)

  66. Pruitt’s resignation has reached across the Pacific.

    Minister of Mining and Industry Scott Pruitt resigns in triumphant disgrace, to spend more time in desiccated wasteland of his own creation.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  67. Caesar’s wife would have been exposed as a temple prostitute had she tried to fight the Sierra Club.

    Actually, the historical event behind the saying is not far off that.
    Julius was Pontifex Maximus, meaning chief priest of Rome. His wife was accordingly in charge of one set of ceremonies which was supposed to be for women only, and held at his house because she was in charge. A well known scumbag disguised himself as a women and participated in the ceremonies. When this became public knowledge, Mrs. Ceasar was accused of allowing a sexual orgy in her home when it was supposed to a woman only affair. Even though it was not actually her fault, she was blamed–and divorced by Ceasar.

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  68. This pleases former Republican Paul.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  69. Guy who actually crapped all over the EPA’s holy temple gets ridden out on a rail.

    Did any of the others pig out at the public trough like Pruitt did?

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  70. i feel terrible for homeless vets but sometimes you just have to shrug and say whelp there’s nothing i can do

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  71. kishnevi @ 71

    John Maddox Roberts (where’s our friend SPQR?) has the Roman Senate breaking out in laughter when Caesar made that statement. Caesar’s own reputation for moral rectitude was dubious — already “a husband to women and a wife to men”, particularly one woman, the mother of Marcus Junius Brutus his assassin, and one man, the King of Bithynia.

    nk (dbc370)

  72. the team what took down coward-ass okie-tard Scott licklick has Jim Jordan in their sights next

    buh bye Jim

    happyfeet (28a91b)

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