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Democrats Played a Very Stupid Hand in the Indictment of Rick Perry

August 16, 2014

And everybody knows it. Even liberals like Jonathan Chait…

This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous

They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — a Democrat who oversees the state’s Public Corruption unit — was arrested for driving very, very drunk. What followed was a relatively ordinary political dispute. Perry, not unreasonably, urged Lehmberg to resign. Democrats, not unreasonably, resisted out of fear that Perry would replace her with a Republican. Perry, not unreasonably, announced and carried out a threat to veto funding for her agency until Lehmberg resigned.

I do not have a fancy law degree from Harvard or Yale or, for that matter, anywhere. I am but a humble country blogger. And yet, having read the indictment, legal training of any kind seems unnecessary to grasp its flimsiness.

Stacy McCain puts it in perspective…

It is only logical that it is a bad thing to have a state official whose job is to investigate corruption charged with drunk driving. Yet because she is a Democrat and the governor is a Republican, Lehmberg refused to resign for strictly partisan reasons. The governor then exercised his prerogative in an effort to force Lehmberg to do the right thing — and Democrats then decided that the governor’s exercise of lawful authority was a crime.

Republicans need to hit back twice as hard on this. As noted by Glenn Reynolds…

The Dems are launching spoiling attacks at all the GOP prospects for 2016. That’s because they see it as war. The GOP, as Kurt Schlichter points out, needs to see things the same way if it hopes to win.

I made a similar point last night on Twitter…

For the record, this is the drunk driving Democrat DA Rick Perry wanted to get rid of…

If Rosemary Lehmberg is the new cause celeb for Texas Democrats, they have bigger things to worry about than the disastrous Wendy Davis campaign.

Good luck with that whole “turn Texas blue” thing, Dems.

You’ll need it.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 17, 2014 6:31 pm

    You Don’t Need Glasses To See Rick Perry Is Innocent.

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