I never thought I’d read an editorial with a Seinfled “Penske File” reference. This is fantastic. The editorial is in the Wall Street Journal and it has to do with the woman who was picked by the outgoing Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) to succeed him. Before she could take the position President Trump appointed someone for the position and she sued to try to block that appointment. She lost in court.
But, the Wall Street Journal points out, this woman has not left and is still trying to behave as if she is the acting director even though everyone is ignoring her directives.
the George Costanza of federal bureaucrats still won’t leave. She’s burrowing in, still claiming to be the acting director, and still issuing memos to staff that everyone ignores.
The final paragraph is the kicker.
Mr. Mulvaney is exercising great patience in not sacking her, no doubt to avoid giving her any evidence to assist her court claims that she is in danger of “imminent harm” if Mr. Mulvaney is in charge. But given her great dedication to the job and the bureau, perhaps Mr. Mulvaney could give her the Penske File.
A great ending to a very short editorial.