You had your chance part III
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By etrigan - Last updated: Thursday, March 18, 2004 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Sen. John Kerry owes Karl Rove an apology.

Way back last summer, Kerry “demanded”: that the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General (DOIIG) look into allegations that a water-rights decision in the Kalmath basin was swayed by Karl Rove to support re-electing Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR).

The DOIIG has “come out”:,1280,-3854726,00.html with its report, and DOIIG Devaney (a “Clinton appointee”: ) found that the DOI properly followed procedures, and that Rove in no way, shape, or form, influenced the decision that went for farmers, and against environmentalists and fishermen.

So, on this, Kerry owes Rove an apology.

It’s not going to happen, though: Kerry said he accepts the inspector general’s findings but still questions why a political operative was briefing senior Interior officials about complex resource issues. …`There are too many examples in this administration of politics trumping science, not to be concerned,’

Which is good, I suppose – I guess this means that Kerry won’t accept advice (or funding) from “advocacy groups”: with political agendas on environmental issues.

And much like the leaders who have endorsed him that he won’t name, Kerry’s campaign also failed to give specific examples of areas in which the Bush Administration has let “politics trump science”.

(I’d link directly to the report, but apparently the DOI has been “ordered offline”: by a federal judge until it closes security holes that might let hackers steal Indian trust fund money.)

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