Donald Trump has narrowed his search for energy secretary to four people, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry the leading candidate, said people familiar with the president-elect’s selection process.
Two Democratic senators from energy-producing states — Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — are also in the mix, along with Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Heitkamp and Manchin would be shrewd choices, but my guess is that he goes with the most obviously ridiculous selection. That’s been the trend so far. And you can’t get much more ridiculous than an oil company lackey who destroyed his political career in large measure by forgetting the existence of the Department of Energy as the Secretary of Energy.
I have been using a hypothetical Republican cabinet to rail against “not a dime’s worth of difference” dumbshits for years. And the point obviously still stands: if you can see going from Tom Perez to Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor and still view the parties as minor variants of BIG NEOLIBERALISM, writing about politics really isn’t your thing. And yet even I can’t fully believe the Trump cabinet. It’s Jim Inhofe ideologically and Michael Brown in terms of ability pretty much across the board.