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.This is from a New York Times piece headlined: "'Learning Curve' as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood."
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.
He didn't even understand what the Energy Department does, but accepted the job, anyway.
And let's just contemplate for a moment that Rick Perry was the governor of Texas and didn't understand what one of the nation's cabinet-level federal agencies does.
Perry may be the most unqualified of Trump's entire parade of unqualified candidates, and that is really saying something.
Maude save us.