The Corner

re: rumsfeld and seats

Kathryn, I disagree.  The natural time to end a cabinet secretary’s tenure in good standing is after a mid-term (or re-) election.  If Rumsfeld had been dismissed early in the summer it would have been clear that he’d been ignominously sacked. This way, Rumsfeld leaves under fire (which history will forget) and with full honors (which history will remember).

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.