LIVE VIDEO: Rick Perry’s Confirmation Hearing

NPR reports on what to expect:

Nuclear security is an area where Perry is likely to get questioned by senators, since he has had little experience with the topic. “DOE is fundamentally a science, technology and innovation organization,” wrote current Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in his Cabinet exit memo. Moniz is a nuclear physicist and his predecessor, Steven Chu, was a physicist. Chu shared with several colleagues the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Perry does not have a science background. It’s not a requirement β€” previous secretaries who were not scientists have served in the role. Delisi says the way Perry manages will compensate for his lack of scientific knowledge. “His leadership style is to hire the best people and have them around him. And listen to all points of view and take them in before he makes a decision,” she says.

But that doesn’t satisfy Perry’s critics. As a presidential candidate, Perry has questioned the science behind climate change. At one point he accused scientists of manipulating global warming data for financial gain.

  • Joe in PA

    Nope, not gonna watch. Too painful.

    • Christopher
    • Derrick Johns

      Joe, do you mean the senate hearing for Perry or the movie “Deep Throat”. I couldn’t blame you for avoiding both.

      My dear friend calls Perry “Rhett Butler'” ’cause he can never remember Perry’s name.

      I’ll see the highlights (if you want to call them that). I’m all for laughs now.

  • PickyPecker
  • DaddyRay

    This will be comical – I have held interviews for candidates who were obviously unqualified for a job and have never laughed so hard in my life (afterwards of course)

    • Gustav2

      I don’t know how some of the more intelligent newsers on TV don’t LOL during interviews.

    • Exatron

      In this case, we might need a good, long cry followed by copious amounts of alcohol.

  • William

    Rip him to shreds. You don’t hire the guy who runs the Tilt-a-Whirl to fly a 747.

  • Matt

    Are they serving corndogs for lunch? Seems like those are the only things he knows how to ‘handle.’

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m expecting lots of this…

  • Jeffrey

    Why do I think this is going to provide some hilarious moments for comedians and news outlets later on today?

  • OdieDenCO

    DOPE: Department of Perry Energy

  • Ernest Endevor

    More on climate change (NOT WEATHER). We’re seeing similar things happening here though not on such a dramatic scale. Perhaps the white-tailed deer are more used to living with ticks.

    Following Perry’s lead I recently equipped myself with smart-girl glasses. Unfortunately I’m still just as dumb.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Did you see “Moose: Life of a Twig Eater” on PBS Nature? Covered the tick problem and steep drop in moose population. Depressing.

      • Ernest Endevor

        No, I didn’t. I just happened across this in the Times. I’ll take a look at the Nature program. Thanks.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Prepare yourself. It starts following cute mooselets then touches on moose decimation by brainworm from their range overlap with deer. Grim.

  • DaddyRay

    I can’t imagine the poor person who was tasked with trying to prepare Perry for this confirmation – face palm does not go far enough to describe how that must have gone

  • TexasBoy

    Rick Perry is a hands on kind of manager…you know the type. Let’s press this button and see what happens…if it is bad we won’t press it again.

  • Sam_Handwich

    He’s spent the last two days holed up at Camp Niggerhead eating energy bars

    • Bill #drain that swamp?

      …WHITE chocolate ones only please.

  • Michael R
  • Texndoc

    Chris Hayes Tweet (about 30 minutes ago) :
    “Rick Perry leading the DOE doesn’t even crack the “Top 100 Things That Worry Me””


  • SoCalGal20

    I’ll give him this much, once he was informed what the DOE actually does he recognized its importance and said he regrets calling for its elimination, which at least puts him ahead of Betsy DeVos.

    • BobSF_94117

      I fail to find relief in this. We’re supposed to be reassured that a pol has spent decades calling for the removal of a govt dept he didn’t even understand?

      • SoCalGal20

        I didn’t say I find relief in it, but at least he can (apparently) absorb information and somewhat adjust his personal viewpoint to incorporate it. Unlike Trump.

        • BobSF_94117

          If I absorbed information like that, I’d withdraw my nomination and apologize to the committee for wasting their time. Then I’d apologize to the American people and retire from public life.

          • SoCalGal20

            That’s because you’re a better person. πŸ˜‰

    • What the hell did he think it did before being briefed, that warranted elimination?

      • SoCalGal20

        Maybe he thought it just advocated for alternative (ie non-oil based) energy and saving energy and lots of regulations that are mean to businesses or something.

  • GOP: “Let’s show the American people how government doesn’t work by putting the biggest morons we can find in charge of it! A cunning plan!”

  • Perry is such a moron that even here in Texas Republicans will admit he’s an idiot. He got away with it because he moved up to governor when Bush became president and then ran as an incumbent twice after that. He never talked off script so people really didn’t know how stupid he was until he ran for president and was expected to know stuff. His nomination is a joke.

    • Christopher

      Everything about this incoming administration is a joke. Not sure if there will be anyone left to laugh at the punchline, however.

      • JW Swift

        I know what you mean. I’m still going to make my 401K contribution this year, but I also half-expect mushroom clouds sometime within the next few months.

  • crewman

    His leadership style is to hire the best people and have them around him.

    Hey, here’s an idea. Why don’t we just nominate one of those best people in the first place and skip Perry altogether.

    • William

      He plagiarized his leadership style from Trump.

      • Gerry Fisher

        One would think that, if Trump weren’t lying or incompetent, then Perry would be one of “all the best people.” I’m surprised it didn’t work out that way. /s

  • Sam_Handwich

    Lisa is blowing him

  • Butch

    Up until recently he didn’t even know what the damn department does. WASF.

    • IamM

      Seems like the kind of thing you should ask before calling for it to be shut down.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Full idiocracy is nearing completion.

    • Bared Bear

      Its like watching the death star surging up to fire.

    • Earl

      It’s not really. In Idiocracy, the smartest idiots were appointed/elected to government.

      This is a case where the dumbest ones are taking over.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Just the richest ones. Intelligence levels may vary.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Put down that Kool-Aid. The pluto/kleptocrats are in charge. They put idiots into positions of power to keep safeguarding mechaisms out of the way of the overarching project, which is to rob the people blind.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • dcurlee

    Do these asses really believe what they say

  • DesertSun59

    Rick Perry doesn’t have even the BASICS of a science background. That’s why he’s a perfect pick to head the dept that deals with nuclear policy.

    That’s what the rubes wanted because to them the entire world exists only on a TV screen. If the actor is given lines to speak that makes them sound like they have a science background, then it’s good enough for them.

    Sadly, they have no idea that this job isn’t a TV actor’s job.

  • William

    That guy on the left looks like he was puking off a carnival ride in the last hour.

    • More like he was puking up last nights binge.

      • William

        There was a Ferris Wheel in there somewhere.

  • The_Wretched

    Ooooh! he used ‘salient’ in a sentence. That’ll make up for his simplistic talking style.

  • andrew

    Perry has been chosen to head the Dept. of Energy, a department of the government that he wanted to close, but was unable to name. Oops. This whole damn Trump Administration is going to be a national disaster.

    • IamM


  • Natty Enquirer

    Mnuchin may be a fox guarding the hen house, but at least he knows the business. This dumbshit doesn’t know anything about anything besides looking pretty and keeping his masters happy.

  • Galvestonian

    God help us !

  • Sam_Handwich

    “I’m a big supporter of nuclear waste suppositories..”

    • I hope Mr. Smart Glasses gives them the first try.

  • JaniceInToronto

    I know you Americans are having a nightmarish time of it there, but please remember that you are scaring the hell out of the rest of the civilized world.

    If this is what a democracy does, we need an alternative. Fuck, just fuck.

  • Greg B.

    I honestly think this buffoon thought that the job’s primary responsibilities were having lunch with the CEOs of oil companies.

  • Tom Ato

    Do these glasses make me look smart?

  • Gerry Fisher

    If you aren’t smart, how can you be smart enough to hire all the “best” (smartest) people?

  • Tempus Fuggit

    As I type this, Perry is babbling about supercomputing and vaccines and cyberetcetera in that “I’m in the third grade and I forgot a book report was due today so I’m making it up on the fly” kind of way.

  • MBear

    This ‘man’ is an idiot.
    As an idiot, I’m freakin mortified with how much of an idiot this man is.

  • IamM

    for further clarification:

    Department of Transportation <- Not actually a socialized taxi service.

    Interior <- Not in charge of painting and decorating government offices.

    State Department <- Doesn't negotiate disputes between North and South Dakota.

  • It’s nearing the time we need to head on down to the local Mega-la-mart and choose which flavor of jam to put in our pockets, cause we are going to be toast asap.

  • William

    John Cornyn is giving Perry a hand job.

  • William

    Rick Perry after sniffing glue.

  • Tempus Fuggit
  • JCF
  • Orly

    β€œHis leadership style is to hire the best people and have them around him…”

    Isn’t that pretty much everyone’s “leadership style”?