Amongst the storied, see-saw career of John McCain, his way-most-likely worst moment was hoisting Sarah Palin upon America.
In the last nearly-eight years, Palin could be considered the source-epitome of bat-shit crazy in modern life, especially oratory aimed at rational thought.
Last weekend, she tried to tap herself into the future presidency of The Donald, as energy secretary (via CNN):
“I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth …I’d get rid of (the Energy Department) it. And I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job…”
One can actually feel the crazy — without an ounce, even an iota of what the DOE does, what her plan would do if the world went pure bat-shit nutty and The Donald took possession of the White House next year. However, the both are from the same institution, with much-much bigger mouth than brain.
This is kind of funny to a scientist but also kind of scary since, theoretically, it could happen.
The United States Department of Energy is hardly about energy at all, at least not in the electricity sense.
DOE is all about nuclear — nuclear weapons and nuclear waste.
Only a little bit of energy and mainly as research, not production.
And nuclear is one of those things that you actually need to know well, or you will do stupid things.
The idea of doing away with DOE altogether is one of those stupid things.
I guess the $30 billion saved might be enough for another big tax cut.
And don’t worry about the more than 300,000 jobs that would be lost, they can go work on that fence.
Then again, we’d also have to close our premier national research laboratories.
But I guess if you don’t like science, that’s OK.
And we’d have to walk away from nuclear waste, though I suppose those state people could handle it instead.
We’d have to give away our nuclear weapons, too.
And stop maintaining them.
Maybe we could just make cardboard cutouts and everyone would think we still had them.
Dude, you got to talk straight, and speak American (per The Hill):
“On the other hand, you know, I think we can send a message and say, ‘You want to be in America? A, you’d better be here legally or you’re out of here. B, when you’re here, let’s speak American,” she continued.
“I mean that’s what’s — let’s speak English and that’s a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation is the language that is understood by all.”
In the video, you can see she misspoke, then corrected herself — bat-shit energy.