I abhor most of his views, including his bending over to the religious right.
But the guy was funny.
True, often unintentionally
Yet he was quite capable of poking fun at himself.
I hope he still has that latter quality.
And who knew?
Rick Perry would have been the safer alternative.
And it turns out he really did want to get rid of just two cabinet posts, not three.
From the New York Times:
Abolish the Energy Dept.? On second thought . . .
This morning, Rick Perry will make his case before the Senate Energy Committee that he is qualified to run the agency he vowed to abolish when running for president in 2012.
The former Texas governor will address his awkward history on the issue up front in his testimony. “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking,” he says in his prepared remarks, adding, “In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.”
Mr. Perry will also acknowledge that he has changed his views about the established science of climate change, which, in his 2010 book, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington,” he called a “contrived, phony mess.”
“I believe the climate is changing,” Mr. Perry will tell senators. “I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity.”
Perhaps more important, Mr. Perry will say how much he has learned about the department’s mission, most notably its oversight of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
“This confirmation process has been extremely informative and beneficial for me,” Mr. Perry will say, noting his conversations with the current energy secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, a nuclear physicist who played a key role in negotiating the Iran nuclear weapons agreement.