Speculation out of Washington indicates that President Trump is on a "You're fired" roll, that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be leading a procession of high-level administration officials out of Washington. And the name atop most insiders' next-to-go list is Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.
The VA chief reportedly angered the president when he got caught up in a scandal over misuse of travel funds. He's also made plenty of enemies in his efforts to reorganize and streamline the VA, and they've got their knives out for him. One White House official told an Associated Press reporter that Trump met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry Monday and asked if he'd be interested in taking over the VA.
Perry, unfortunately, is best known as the presidential candidate who couldn't remember during a debate the third federal department he said he'd abolish. Ironically, it was Energy.
The only thing Perry has going for him as VA chief, really, is that he's a veteran. He was an Air Force officer and a pilot (he flew C-130s). But unlike Shulkin, he has no experience running a big, specialized bureaucracy and no real credentials to manage one of the nation's largest health-care providers. We see nothing in Perry's resume that tells us he's up for the challenge of whipping the dysfunctional second-largest bureaucracy in the federal government into shape.
If Trump is determined to sack Shulkin, we hope he'll find a replacement with experience fixing big organizations and making them whole. That's not Rick Perry.