These are real words that sober and responsible journalists are reporting after another blistering day of GOP macho crap dressed up and paraded around as policy.

Yes, that perennial genius of Texas, Rick Perry, is auditioning for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to get that brass ring, the job of Secretary of Energy, in a circus of un-professionals so wild it’s making a lot of us a little dizzy.

By now, most people understand the irony of Perry putting in for a job that he so famously recommended doing away with in the past. Turns out his “oops” moment was actually an “oops” in more ways than one!

“My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking,” Rick Perry told the committee. “In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.”

(Insert great sigh of relief here.) Well – he’s cleared all of that up, then.

Shouldn’t this very idea be worthy of a resounding middle finger from a legislature and a constituency fed up with the bullshit? How goofball can you get? About fifteen years from now, we’ll have Scooby-Doo as Secretary of Education, A tele-tubby as Secretary of Energy, and a dirty Kid Rock t-shirt as Secretary of State.

Seriously. It’s one thing to insist that an “applicant” for one of these important federal jobs doesn’t need to have any experience in the field at all, that in fact, he or she can actually be some boot-licking loyalist with a few bucks to throw around – but shouldn’t recommending the abolition of a department disqualify you from that particular one?

Not in this world, the new one we all fell into just now when we, uh, miscalculated the electorate.

Do those glasses make him look any smarter?

When they talk about “not normalizing” this administration, this is one of the things they’re talking about. We can’t abandon professionalism in chase of some crazy shiny unicorn populism or we’ll wake up a couple of years later and realize we squandered everything we had going for us.