It’s customary for cabinet appointees to reflect party orthodoxy: Democrats tend to appoint liberals, and Republicans tend to appoint conservatives.
So, it should come as no surprise that all of the President’s cabinet selections walk the conservative walk. However, what should come as a surprise is the selection of nominees that don’t have the requisite experience for the positions they are about to hold.
Regardless of what you thought of him as a candidate for the Republican party’s nomination, Ben Carson is an odd choice for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Little in Mr. Carson’s history, even living in the inner city, seems relevant to the cabinet position he now holds.
Ditto Rick Perry; though he comes from Texas, which is known for oil, his main connection to the Department of Energy is that he once thought it should be eliminated.
However, neither Mr. Carson nor Mr. Perry can hold a candle to Nancy DeVos and Scott Pruitt.
Nancy DeVos’s confirmation hearing pointed out a glaring and dangerous lack of fundamental knowledge about the United States’ education system. That Republicans themselves thought her unqualified should have been a warning sign that her selection should not have been confirmed. Her confirmation by a Vice-Presidential tie-breaker was not only unprecedented, it was a validation by the President and Vice President of cronyism and campaign influence peddling.
And then there is Scott Pruitt. In this case, the President has nominated a denier of the scientific consensus on climate change, and an individual who has been openly hostile toward environmental protections, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. This a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house.
This is not normal.
TGIF. It’s the 10th of February, 2017.