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On SNL, 'Breaking Bad's Walter White joins Trump cabinet

Commentary: Claiming he met Trump strategist in a Bretibart comments section, Bryan Cranston's high school science teacher can only be in charge of one government agency.

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Eyebrows and, in certain areas, fists have been raised at Donald Trump's cabinet appointments.

Some appear to be hostile to the very departments they're being asked to run.

But the president-elect has succeeded with his contrarian thinking. It was perhaps inevitable, therefore, that "Saturday Night Live" would take this thinking all the way.

Beck Bennett's Jake Tapper of CNN interviewed Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway (Trump's spokeswoman) about the appointments.

It was the new man heading the Drug Enforcement Agency that caused most conniptions. For this man knows his science, a pursuit to which some cabinet seems rather opposed.

In case you hadn't yet risen from your post-election stupor, the new DEA head is a man called Walter White.

White is a high school science teacher who once dabbled in drug dealing. You need insiders, you see. They know where the bodies are buried.

Perhaps you remember White -- yes, this was Bryan Cranston reprising his role -- from the TV series "Breaking Bad." Perhaps you don't know that he met Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon in the comments section of Breitbart. (Bannon used to head the medium.)

White explained that he likes Trump's style. "He acts first and asks questions later," he said. A fine, ordered way to go about things.

He's also a great admirer of the wall that Trump promised to build. "Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us," he explained.

It's heartening to see science be given the respect it deserves. Of course, some might see ironies in this edition of SNL.

Cranston, after all, was one of many who promised to move to Canada if Trump won. Now here he is accepting a cabinet position.

Moreover, the remainder of the show featured John Cena, the man who wrestles for WWE. This is the very same WWE from which Trump has culled Linda McMahon, his new Small Business Administration head.

The show also featured country singer Maren Morris.

Could it be that the often smugly New York SNL is now accepting of new realities? It's possible.