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Yet, nobody gets fired. If anything a fraction as serious as this happened on the watch of the director of the shoe department at Macy’s, he would be immediately fired — frogmarched out of the shoe department under armed escort and told to never return to the store.

But this is the federal government run by an administration utterly devoted to the blind and deaf leviathan.

It reminds me of something a friend who worked at the White House once told me about how in Washington no one is ever fired for incompetence or malfeasance. They merely get recycled from one scandal to the next.

“You will always eat lunch in this town again,” he said, over lunch in a popular D.C. restaurant.

Charles Hurt can be reached at or on Twitter @charleshurt.