Donald Trump is nothing if not forgiving. His latest cabinet pick is someone who said Trump was “a cancer on conservatism,” and a toxic “barking carnival act” that will “lead the Republican party to perdition.” Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has two disastrous presidential run on his résumé, apparently has put aside his comments (or convictions) to join the Trump cabinet. The president-elect is sticking to his practice of nominating people who hate the agency they’ve been picked to lead.
Perry is a curious choice for several reason, not the least of which is the fact that he proposed eliminating the energy department when he ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Of course, we’re not so sure how serious he was about it since energy was the department he famously forgot in his “oops” performance in a primary debate.
Trump seemingly was ready to forgive and forget past attacks when he was (supposedly) seriously considering Mitt Romney for the position of secretary of state, a pick that has gone to Putin Pal Rex Tillerson. He also appointed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations and Ben Carson to lead Housing and Urban Development. Both are onetime Trump critics.
Perry’s attacks on Trump during the primary rivaled anything Romney said. Nearly 16 months ago Perry referred to rival Donald Trump as a “cancer on conservatism,” and a toxic “barking carnival act” that will “lead the Republican party to perdition.” Real nice.
However, Perry was ready to push aside his contempt for Trump enough to want to be his vice president. In an appearance on CNN’s “Outfront,” reporter Dana Bash recounted a conversation she had with Perry who said he would be open to being the vice presidential candidate on a ticket. “I will be open to any way I can help. I’m not going to say no.”
Following in the footsteps of anti-environment EPA pick Scott Pruitt, Perry would also be a nominee that is anathema to him.
Perry’s most recent high-profile gig was that of contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” That one didn’t work out so well either. As USA Today described it, Perry was asked to do the Boot Scootin’ Boogie right out of the ballroom back in September.
Is all this really happening?