The other day, I noted that Patricia “Lynn” Scarlett, the interim head of the Department of the Interior, was not only in favor of ending the war on drugs, but probably very libertarian — as evidenced by her stint as president of the Reason Foundation. My prediction that Bush would not keep her on came true (and pretty quickly, too). From M&C:
President George W. Bush named Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to succeed Gale Norton as secretary of the interior Thursday.
In a brief White House appearance with the nominee, the president said Kempthorne would build on environmental progress made by Norton.
Somehow, this came as no big surprise to me.