In the infamous meltdown moment of the 2012 Republican primary preseason, Texas Gov., Rick Perry, said he would immediately shut down 3 top government agencies. Commerce, Education, and.... and... oops! he forgot.
His campaign later clarified the 3rd as being the Department of Energy,
He was asked if the EPA would be the 3rd agency on his list, but he said; "No, I'm talking about top-tier agencies. EPA needs to be reformed."
It was one of the stellar moments of that primary debate series. Perry never recovered and became an early casualty of the battle royale we know of as the GOP presidential selection process.
Perry even turned to fellow Texan, Dr. Ron Paul, for help. Paul only made it tougher for Perry by saying 5 departments need to be closed. So much for getting a bailout from a constitutionalist...
Today, Donald Trump tapped Perry to head up the Department of Energy. It's a big win for the petroleum states like Oklahoma, but a real mea culpa for a career politician like Perry.