But too tired to go on? That’s unusual.
“The tipping point might be fatigue,” Holder told a Senate panel, after Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) asked him point-blank when he would show himself to the door. “You get to a point where you might just be tired.”
After Holder’s testimony, aides told our colleague Sari Horwitz that the AG was just joking (because humor always goes over really well in Senate hearings on highly controversial matters).
Instead of yukking it up by talking about needing some R&R, he might want to borrow a line from his old pal Karl Rove. Remember when the adviser to President George W. Bush was under all kinds of fire? Democrats on Capitol Hill were sniffing. A special counsel had investigated him.
Rove decided to leave. And his reason? “I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family,” he said.
Can’t argue with that!
Loop Fans are always on the lookout for apparent government waste. One tipster wrote with the tale of two gyms — nearly identical and about 100 feet apart.
A building in Crystal City houses a bunch of government and other offices — including some for the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The EPA runs a well-equipped gym there, which other tenants of the building may use for a fee. But the Army Corps of Engineers decided that another workout space was needed for the military folks in the building, and built a second gym just for them.
The tipster says the two fitness areas are very similar, except that the military one also has a rope-climbing area. But a Corps spokesman says that gym is simply better than the EPA’s. Okay, he didn’t use the word “better,” but he sure enough implied it: “The EPA gym was not built to provide a conditioning facility for a workforce that is required to maintain a high level of physical fitness,” a spokesman informs us in a statement. “The new gym was built to meet the physical training requirements for a military workforce.”
Also, it’s open 24/7, while the EPA’s isn’t.
We should note that although their work might not be as physical as the military’s, EPA employees seem to take their fitness quite seriously: our colleague
Lenny Bernstein reported that some EPA workers turned a little-used warehouse space in Maryland into their private romper room, complete with an “athletic center, cobbled together from ‘surplus’ EPA gym equipment and decked out with a music system.”