President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former Texas Governor Rick Perry to be the Secretary of Energy as the billionaire fills out the final spots in his all-star cabinet.

Perry is immune from the kind of hysterical attacks the media has tried to throw at some of Trump’s picks – most recently Rex Tillerson of Exxon – as he is a well-known and established leader in the Republican Party. Perry has made two runs for president himself, the first of which is giving the media their fall-back attack: ridicule.

From the New York Times:

The selection of Mr. Perry to lead the energy agency would offer a rich irony: During a televised debate in 2011, when he was seeking the Republican nomination, Mr. Perry intended to list the Department of Energy among agencies he wanted to eliminate, but he could not remember its name.

Ho, ho, that is some delicious irony, isn’t it, fellow liberal elitists? Oh my, that will play so well at our cocktail party this weekend, Joan…

Okay, so it’s a little funny, but it’s hard to laugh when you see these liberal tricks played over and over again. These so-called reporters fawn all over every single Democrat from the president to the small-town mayor, but they can’t find anything positive to say about any Republican in the country. It’s either, “Oh my god, look at this radical right-wing extremist” or “Get a load of this idiot” or some combination of the two.

The media is also ragging on Perry for his lack of nuclear expertise, but it will be up to Congress to decide if the governor has the leadership chops for the Energy Department. Much of the agency’s mission is centered around national security, including the development and maintenance of our nuclear arsenal. Many in the Republican Party have advocated a full update of the nuclear triad, citing outdated technology and failing security procedures. There’s no reason why Perry, a proven leader, can’t do the job.

Of course, there is something ironic in appointing someone to lead a department they have opposed. But that’s a developing theme in the Trump cabinet, reflected also in Betsey DeVos and Scott Pruitt. Does the president-elect have a big surprise in store for the country on January 20?

The man said he was going to shake things up. We may not even know the half of it.