Ask a random person on the street what they know about Rick Perry, and a decent percentage of the responses will include the word “oops.” Perry rose to national attention in 2012, when he first tried to parlay his position as governor of the state of Texas into a bid for the White House. Unfortunately, his flailing campaign was doomed when, during one of the year’s Republican primary debates, he tried to name three Cabinet positions that he planned to eliminate, but could only remember two. Oops.
The one he couldn’t remember was the Department of Energy. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has probably chosen the person he wants to lead this government agency. That pick is expected to be Rick Perry.