Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Forgetful Rick Perry To Be Named Secretary Of... Oops (UPDATED)

Former Texas Republican Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry is slated to be neo- fascist useful idiot Donald "Rump" Trump's pick for Energy Secretary (you know, the Department he wanted to eliminate but whose name he couldn't remember).  The guy former Reagan administration official Bruce Bartlett called "an idiot."

In fact, Rump apparently shares Bartlett's low opinion of Oops' IQ:
Trump, for example, said of Perry in July 2015, "He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate." A week later, Trump added, "He put on glasses so people think he's smart. People can see through the glasses."  (our emphasis)
Oops is simply (and we do mean simply) the latest in a procession of "establishment" Republicans making their way to Trump Tower to kiss the shitgibbon's ring ass in a "come- to- Cheeto- Jesus" abasement moment.  It's helpful to remember that this is what he had to say about Rump last year:
“My fellow Republicans, beware of false prophets,” Perry said at the time. “Do not let itching ears be tickled by messengers who appeal to anger, division and resentment. I will not go quiet when this cancer on conservatism threatens to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics that will send the Republican Party to the same place it sent the Whig Party in 1854: the graveyard.”  
Perry went on to characterize Trump as “a barking carnival act” who offers a “toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.”  (our emphasis)
Oops made his deal with the devil when he endorsed Rump (in the hopes of being on Rump's ticket), his memory issues likely to blame for forgetting his earlier assessment of the shitgibbon. If confirmed, he'll be in charge of a Department that's deeply involved in, for example, clean energy technology initiatives, energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, maintaining the nuclear weapons stockpile and technologies to prevent nuclear proliferation. Having an "idiot" whose only task will be undercutting and ideally eliminating this thorn in the fossil fuel industry's side fits within the profile of Rump's cabinet picks so far:  plutocrats, despoilers, nihilists, authoritarians and incompetents, all in the service of weakening government as a counterweight to unbridled big business rapacity.

Elections have consequences.

UPDATE:  The Department of Energy has rejected the Rump transition garbage scow's request for the names of scientists and employees engaged in climate science research. Staffers called the request "unsettling." Resist.

UPDATE II:  Daily Kos reminds us of another of Oops' proud achievements.


Anonymous said...

And the taking of names involved with climate change issues has begun. So scary - who will want to stay in the agency when the "witch hunt" plays out? Dr. Moniz should just give them a list of every employee at the agency. P.E.C.

W. Hackwhacker said...

Yeah, it's Orwellian. We're hoping there are enough folks left there at our old haunt to stand up as best they can. Thanks, Ms. Cake!

Hackwhackers said...

P.E.C. -- We just updated that post to reflect that DOE has rejected the Trumpists request for names. It still would have been fun for them to follow your suggestion.....