That leads us to Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, whose views about gasoline prices were highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article one month after Obama's election in 2008:
In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.
"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.
Fast forward to yesterday. Amidst rising gasoline prices in a very down economy, Chu took questions from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and was so incoherent in response to questions about gas prices from Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) that he almost appeared to be speaking a language other than english.
Yes, this is the guy whose fingerprints are all over Solyndra.