Super Stupid

Rick Perry is a Complete Idiot

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the New York Times, former Texas Governor Rick "Oops" Perry had absolutely no idea what the Department of Energy is responsible for when he accepted the nomination to lead the department.

Perry apparently thought he was to become a lobbyist.

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, is an actual nuclear physicist.

Rick Perry isn't a scientist and he has no idea what the Department of Energy does, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Perry once called for eliminating the Department of Energy (pictured above), but during his confirmation hearing this morning he apologized for calling for the elimination of the department he's been asked to lead.

Perry apologized in his opening statement for proposing that the department be eliminated when he was a presidential candidate in 2012. "My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking," Perry said. "In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination."

This raises more questions for me.

If Perry actually thought the Department of Energy was some form of government lobbying operation for oil and gas, why did he call for eliminating it?

  • fry1laurie

    And to think, the next Rick Perry “oops” moment could be the last…for humanity.

    • I just had this image of Perry walking around with his fake nerd glasses on and pushing buttons asking, “And what does this do?”

  • Christopher Foxx

    If Perry actually thought the Department of Energy was some form of government lobbying operation for oil and gas, why did he call for eliminating it?

    Because, like all Republicans, Perry thinks (“thinks”) no further than “reduce government” and has no idea what that actually means or results in.

  • muselet

    Rick Perry is would be out of his depth running a yard sale, yet Donald Trump saw fit to nominate him to head DoE.

    If Trump were actually a good businessman, he’d surround himself with hyper-competent people so he wouldn’t look foolish by hiring nincompoops. So far, he has declined to do any such thing.

    History will not be kind.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      It took me some time to fully realize the staggering corruption and incompetence of the Bush Administration when if first came to power. I think that was true for many (certainly not all) Americans. I’m not exactly sure when it fully hit me. Now, it’s immediate. I suspect this is the case for at least half the voting public. It’s a thought I cling to as a kind of hope. That this time enough people will wake up and end this nightmare in half the time.

      Your comment about history is what brought that thought to mind.

      • Scopedog

        I suspect this is the case for at least half the voting public. It’s a thought I cling to as a kind of hope. That this time enough people will wake up and end this nightmare in half the time.

        That may be the case. It took a few years with Nixon, and in Bush’s case, I believe that people were seeing just how incompetent he was by September, but then 9-11 occurred.

        In the case of Ol’ Yellow Stain…well, you started having regrets less than 48 hours after the election. And as time went on more and more saw it, despite the media dragging their feet, still clinging to the “EMAILS!!” bullshit. Trump’s choices for his cabinet and the steady drip-drip-drip of the collusion with Russia are making more people aware just what kind of a clusterf**k is going to happen.

        That people stopped the GOP from deep-sixing the Ethics office and also the massive outcry against terminating the ACA are good signs, and I also believe that people will wake up faster than they did with Nixon or Bush.

        • Aynwrong

          God willing…

  • Nefercat

    On another article I saw someone wonder what Perry would do when he heard about breeder reactors. My immediate thought was that he would be so proud of having figured out what was meant by nuclear proliferation.

  • Aynwrong

    He called for the department’s elimination because in the Republican party then and now and roughly the last four decades (give or take), mindlessly blaming the government’s very existence for every dumbass problem they could conjure has been the en vouge thing to do. None of them know how or care a wit to even try and govern.

    And 62 million “real Americans” willingly, knowingly voted for this.

  • Draxiar

    I was asking myself that same question.

  • mnpollio

    At this point, I am hard pressed to figure what will be more damaging to the country and its citizens. The Rancid Cheetoh or his Cabinet picks/advisors.

    • Badgerite

      All part and parcel of the same thing.

    • Scopedog

      All of them.

  • That’s exactly what’s been bothering me about this. Did he know what they did or not? I suspect he was just repeating a moronic right-wing talking point.

    What a maroon.

    • He was. I think most wing nuts believe the DoE is just a regulatory agency, so they automatically put it on their shitlists.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    How can a man running for President make eliminating an entire Department one of his core policies while at the same time not knowing what that Department does?

    HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!

    Sweet Baby Jesus!

    • ninjaf

      ALEC told him so, followed by the Koch brothers.

    • Scopedog

      How is that possible? If you’re Rick Perry, then it’s possible.

      • If you’re Rick Perry an ignorant conservative, then it’s possible.

        FTFY 😉