THE NATION’S LEADING EXPERT ON ENERGY POLICY…. In September 2008, just eight weeks before presidential election, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) boasted that former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) “knows more about energy [policy] than probably anyone else in the United States of America.” He was, for the record, entirely serious.

Of course, now that energy policy is up front and center, and the nation struggles with an environmental catastrophe, it’s a good thing we can utilize Palin’s expertise.

Last night on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly asked Palin if she knows how to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf. Instead of answering, she said, “Well, what the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have had solutions they wanted presented…. The Dutch, they are known, and the Norwegian, they are known for dikes, for cleaning up water, and dealing with spills. They offered to help. And yet, no, they too, with the proverbial, can’t even get a phone call back.”

I’d swear she’s getting dumber.

For the record, the government did accept the assistance of foreign countries, including skimmers and boom from Mexico, three sets of Koseq sweeping arms from the Dutch, and eight Norwegian skimming systems.

Palin is whining that the administration didn’t do what the administration has already done.

Palin added that that “we haven’t heard” that stopping the leak is the president’s “top priority.” Palin must not have been listening.

Where would we be without this visionary who knows more about energy policy than probably anyone else in the United States of America?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.