Sarah Palin (R-AK) is back.
Yes, the former Governor who quit her job in Alaska allegedly because political opponents were hounding her thinks things would be so much better in a national job, like say, Energy Secretary. This is what she told an understandably shell-shocked Jape Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sure, you didn’t want her for VP in 2008 when she ran with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), but she feels she would be a great fit for a Trump administration’s Department of Energy. You know, before she dismantles the department. (No, I’m not making that up.)
Watch here via CNN:
First Palin treated us to her belief that God put things on this earth for us to use and abuse with no responsibility, topped off with her belief that the oil we drill here isn’t sold on a global market, “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 for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations.”
Cue Jake Tapper blinking rapidly as he digested Palin’s bizarrely angry rant about God’s sadness that we aren’t using enough oil.
So, God wants us to pollute the world and end it, apparently as quickly as possible. If you want this to happen even faster than it is, elect Trump so Palin can be in charge of energy!
It would, however, be a “short term” job, she told Tapper. Because like any good conservative, although she was actually the most socialist governor in the country by objective grading due to her giving away oil company profits to the people (she why they loved her while they did?), she believes in dismantling government. This probably explains why she quit as Governor. What better way to dismantle government in order to let big oil (waving hello to the Koch brothers) plunder our nation without repercussions, just as God wants it?
“I think a lot about the Department of Energy. And if I were the head of that, I’d get rid of 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.”
Oh, yes. That’s a great idea I can get behind if Palin were to take her populist taxing of the oil companies national, per her 2007 ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) program of splitting oil company profits. This along with the annual dividend check that Alaska residents get as “their part of the state’s oil wealth” would be super on a national level. But of course, Palin doesn’t admit to her actual policies. Instead she sells herself as the complete opposite. Though to be fair to her, she may not know the difference between a socialist and a libertarian.
So with a startling fierceness, Palin spit at Tapper, “If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job, but it would be … really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge.”
Gosh, it would be great to have someone who knows energy be in charge of it. But sadly, this is not a good argument for the former Governor and Republican Vice President to make. Palin stakes her claims to being an energy expert on her time serving as a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, but she served as a citizen member, not expert. And as we all can see, just hailing from a state where they drill oil doesn’t make you an expert.
Though Palin is an expert on her version of a God who wants us all to use and abuse the resources He created.
As for someone who is “pro-responsible development”, that is also not Sarah Palin. If that were her goal she would not want to dismantle the government agency that oversees such things. That would be, to the chagrin of many on the left, the Democratic position. Responsible development is not the Republican position; the Republican position is giving welfare to oil companies while defunding SNAP/food for kids. Republicans would and have given oil companies precious lands with nary a care about the consequences. Some Democrats were on board, too.
If Trump continues his rise in the Republican primary polls, you’ll be seeing and hearing more and more from the “energy expert” from Alaska. She wants to be the Secretary of Energy ‘cuz nothing says overseeing responsible development like killing the overseeing agency all together.
This concludes today’s proof of just how far the Republican Party has fallen.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.