Thursday, September 18, 2008

memo to Palin: Words are fun but not fungible

Here's what America's foremost expert on energy (according to John McCain anyway) had to say today in response to a softball question on oil export bans tossed her way in an invitation only town hall meeting in Michigan.

"Of course, it's a fungible commodity and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's going and where it's not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it's Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It's got to flow into our domestic markets first."

Got that? neither.Then again I'm not an expert.
Palin is right that oil is fungible, just like the electrons that make this blog possible, but I wonder if she thinks words are fungible too. Maybe that would account for the way she uses them.


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