Rick ‘Oops’ Perry interviews for Energy post

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12:  Turbines of the new Burbo Bank off shore wind farm stand in a calm sea in the mouth of the River Mersey on May 12, 2008 in Liverpool, England. The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm comprises 25 wind turbines and is situated on the Burbo Flats in Liverpool Bay at the entrance to the River Mersey, approximately 6.4km (4.0 miles) from the Sefton coastline and 7.2km (4.5 miles) from North Wirral. The wind farm is capable of generating up to 90MW (megawatts) of clean, environmentally sustainable electricity. This is enough power for approximately 80,000 homes. The site is run by Danish energy company Dong Energy.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The irony is almost too rich.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is under consideration for secretary of energy in the Trump administration.

The irony falls along a pair of tracks.

First, Gov. Perry vowed during the 2012 GOP primary campaign to eliminate the agency, but he got hung up in that “Oops” moment when he couldn’t recall the third federal department he’d wipe out.

Second, and this one has become a common theme in Donald J. Trump’s search for Cabinet officials, Perry once called Trump a “cancer on conservatism” that needed to be excised. Perry was among the Gang of 16 Republicans vanquished by Trump on his way to the party nomination.

Now the former Texas governor is among those under consideration for an appointment in the “cancerous” administration to lead an agency he once said was an example of federal government waste.


Can the president-elect’s search for a new government team get any weirder?

Yeah … probably.

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