Former. Texas Governor Rick Perry, this morning before the Senate Committee overseeing his confirmation as Secretary of the Dept. of Energy. I can't say I'm totally surprised by this statement. Obviously as part of the transition process Gov. Perry spent a fair amount of time actually talking to the scientists, engineers, military and intelligence officers, and bureaucrats who actually do the work of the Department of Energy. And during that time, he probably came to the realization that they were not dull-headed paper-pushers too lazy and incompetent to get a job with a good old-fashioned Texas oil company. He also got a more accurate picture of what the DoE actually does. But part of me has to wonder about the fundamental dishonesty that allows an otherwise intelligent man to spout the sort of silly nonsense that he did in a Republican primary debate stage and appearances on Fox News opinion shows. Why weren't principled, intelligent Conservatives and Republicans pushing back to Governor Perry then? When Governor Perry got to see what the DoE actually does, he changed his mind on a number of issues, including: Maybe Conservatives ought to start asking themselves what other issues they might be being misinformed on. But in the meantime, I'll give credit to Rick Perry for having the intellectual honesty, and decency, to learn from his mistakes.