Sounds familiar: Press treats Perry’s indictment as a political scandal

posted at 2:01 pm on August 17, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Democrats appear to be distancing themselves from an indictment presented against Texas Gov. Rick Perry relating to public corruption charges. Republicans are gleefully framing the charges as the result of political payback from a prideful district attorney who the governor had attempted to oust following her drunken driving arrest. The press is casting Perry’s predicament merely as a stain on his record while he prepares to mount another presidential bid. What few are discussing are the merits of the charges the governor is facing. That sounds familiar.

“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country,” Perry told reporters on Saturday. “It is outrageous that someone would use political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution.”

“Just as I have following every legislative session during my service as governor, I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public’s confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically,” he added in his own defense. But it appears increasingly unlikely Perry will need to mount one.

“This is not a slam dunk case against Gov. Perry,” University of Houston Law Center professor David Kwok told USA Today.

Of course, the politics of this episode are another matter. As Newsbuster’s noted, The New York Times is treating Perry’s troubles like a political matter rather than a serious allegation of corruption.

“The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback,” a story in the Times read. “The indictment could mar the legacy of Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, as his tenure nears an end.”

On Friday, like a plot out of Shakespeare, Mr. Perry’s attempt to control one of the few things of substance in the state that was out of his reach led to two felony charges that threaten to tarnish his legacy and derail his hopes for a second presidential run.

It was a stunning rebuke to Mr. Perry. But it also set in motion a battle of competing narratives over just what kind of overreach the indictment reflects. Democrats say the charges describe the arrogant overreach of a governor with unchecked power. Republicans took up Mr. Perry’s argument on Saturday that the excess was in the investigation and indictment themselves, which they describe as political in nature and extremely dubious in legality.

It is a familiar pattern. When the substance of the charges leveled against Chris Christie and Scott Walker began to fizzle, the press also shifted the narrative from coverage of a significant breach of the public trust to speculation about how the charges would affect their political futures. In this case, the shift in tone in the press occurred with lightning speed, which is perhaps indicative of just how shallow the charges Perry is facing truly are.


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The grand jury was in Austin, which is about all you need to know.

Keep Austin Weird!”

Akzed on August 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

So this guy Strauss is the chief girly-boy in Texas. Is he from Travis County too?

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

San Antonio, close enough.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Democrats protect their own.

Who wants to bet Lehmberg ends up in one of Obama’s crony organizations?

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Right after the story broke:

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit

Clinton/Lehmberg 2016

davidk on August 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

ShainS on August 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

He didn’t break the law, but hell if there isn’t something really, really dark about using positional power to get an elected official to step down. That’s Russky moves. The left’ll use that in a heartbeat if Travis county doesn’t go full blue, fail to dismiss and then convicts. Especially if he goes for 2016.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

“Cash for Drunkers”

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

You could keep the “Cash for Clunkers” name and it would still apply to Rosemary Lehmberg.

ShainS on August 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I saw it when AP posted it, and it’s still hilarious.

Two hags who think they’re way above the law. Then Hillary can use Lehmberg to reignite the “Wor on Wimenz” meme.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

After state funding was removed, Travis county came up with the money to partially fund the public integrity unit. The prosecution of Perry is revenge from the left. Their version of threatening future governors.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Problem is that the next governor and legislature might remove all authority from Travis County for this unit and transfer it to the attorney general’s office.

According to the TXHouse website, the legislature meets in odd-numbered years, starting on the second Tuesday in January. If the attorney general is GOP after the coming election, such a transfer would be a possible move.

How did Travis County, and not the AG, get this authority?

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

After state funding was removed, Travis county came up with the money to partially fund the public integrity unit. The prosecution of Perry is revenge from the left. Their version of threatening future governors.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

They couldn’t threaten future governors, if the Republicans would change the law to give the power to the attorney general. A simple, straight forward solution.

If your opponent has a gun, take away the gun. Duh.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Whether anybody likes him or not, Perry is looking pretty good these days and the media figures he could get the nod if he doesn’t have any more back surgery.

Such is their confidence in the Hildabeast, Fauxcahontas, etc.

formwiz on August 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How did Travis County, and not the AG, get this authority?

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The state legislature has had the power to do this for more than a decade. Every time they have tried, they have been attacked for it. The reason it was given to to Travis county is a distrust of big government in Texas. The capital is in Travis county, therefore it was given to them. It is past time for a change.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

formwiz on August 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I wouldn’t say an individual that has used his political post to force, or rather attempt to force, an elected official from office has great chances. The best hope is they keep pressing the suit, because, repugnant as the action was, it was entirely legal. That’s something the left can play and so will other GOP members in the primaries.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Besides a constitutional challenge to the statute on void-for-vagueness and First Amendment freedom-of-speech grounds, a smart defense lawyer will move for change of venue. Of course, a lefty Travis County judge might deny that.

And of course, a smart defense lawyer would list Lehmberg in his witness list, and insist she had to be questioned about any conversations or letters between herself and Perry. Imagine the fun of getting her on the stand. (“Your Honor, may I treat her as a hostile witness and cross-examine her on direct?”) Best Court TV ratings in a decade.

I hope the State of Texas pays Perry’s legal bills. NJ has to pay Krispy Kreme’s Bridgegate bills.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

It wasn’t repugnant.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

So you think a politician using their office to attempt to force another elected official out of office is just fine? Especially when, if that individual steps down, the original politician gets to replace that individual?

That’s repugnant in a nation that is supposed to be led by elected representatives. Imagine if POTUS said he’d veto any bill with spending for Kentucky until such a time as Mitch McConnel and Rand Paul stepped down. He wouldn’t even get to pick the replacement.

Yes, that’s repugnant and every bit as political as the suit against him.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The state legislature has had the power to do this for more than a decade. Every time they have tried, they have been attacked for it. The reason it was given to to Travis county is a distrust of big government in Texas. The capital is in Travis county, therefore it was given to them. It is past time for a change.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Thanks for the info. Any reports ever come out on how Rosemary spent her time in the clink? After pleading guilty that is. We’ve all seen the arrest footage.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

“Cash for Drunkers”

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Kennedy got drunk and killed a girl. Then the dems continued to vote him in as a United States Senator for how many years?

Clinton/Lehmberg 2016 might be a winner given the mentality of the people who are allowed to vote in this country.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Two things, he could give him nominal support and he could shut up. Cumo disbanded an ethics committee because it was looking at him. You never know what will happen between now and the election. It just further cements my dislike of Christie and dare the Republicans to make him the nominee ever.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Kennedy got drunk and killed a girl. Then the dems continued to vote him in as a United States Senator for how many years?

Clinton/Lehmberg 2016 might be a winner given the mentality of the people who are allowed to vote in this country.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Yeah, but Reagan didn’t threaten to defund Massachussetts to get rid of him. Large difference between a misdemeanor and leaving someone to die, as well.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Love it.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The optics of this one practically write themselves for Perry. Unlike New Yorks Andrew Cuomo, Perry has been INDICTED for attempting to bring good governance and eliminate state funding for an office run by a convict. Sorry but that will not play badly in the South or Midwest.

patches on August 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

This is a rather clever way to protect Obama.

This obviously “political” thing will be used as a template to discredit actions against Obama.

CrazyGene on August 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

It wasn’t repugnant.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Reverse the roles, for a minute. A grumpy, miserable, obnoxious, female Republican DA is arrested and thrown in jail for a DWI, most or all of which is caught on camera as she’s berating the cordial police officers who are simply doing their job.

While imprisoned, the crazy drunk Republican starts mouthing off to just about everyone, makes threats, tries to throw her weight around (har har har) as a political figure, and behaves like an immature brat without any respect for the law — despite this person being tasked at the time with heading up the county’s “Public Integrity Unit.”

If this Republican was then the main cause of the Democrat governor being indicted for threatening a veto connected to the funding of that office, the Democrats and the media would be calling for that Republican to be lynched — on national television.

Perry was doing everyone in Travis County a favor, including Lehmberg herself.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Yeah, but Reagan didn’t threaten to defund Massachussetts to get rid of him. Large difference between a misdemeanor and leaving someone to die, as well.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I remember when Texas was going to build the worlds largest particle accelerator. They started to dig the ground and hire the people. Then the dems won election in Washington and defunded the project because Texas was Republican. What year was that? The eighties I think.

Was that illegal? Defunding a project because of politics?

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

You’re equating a project to trying to force an elected official out of office, defunding an office you praise, while doing so? Get outta here.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Worse, he didn’t even get her to step down. So he defunded an office he thinks is doing good, resulting in jobs lost and gives her a platform to run for re-election off of in an already blue county. Yeah, well played.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

You’re equating a project to trying to force an elected official out of office, defunding an office you praise, while doing so? Get outta here.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Forcing an unethical drunk out of office is praise worthy. The rest of your sentence made no sense to me, but then again I seldom understand lefties. I’m trying to improve.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seems to me the Governor of Texas has a line-item veto. If that’s the case there’s no legal need for Perry to justify his veto. Also seems it would be pretty hard to prosecute him for something he’s legally allowed to do.

abester on August 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Yes, that’s repugnant and every bit as political as the suit against him.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

You are ignorant of the circumstances, the case, and the players.

Perry was doing everyone in Travis County a favor, including Lehmberg herself.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

As would a democrat governor doing the same thing to an out of control hyper-partisan republican prosecutor. Except an out of control hyper-partisan prosecutor would have been removed from office if they didn’t resign.

The fact remains that the public integrity unit of the Travis county prosecutor’s office has had little to do with the public, or integrity, for a long time.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

You are ignorant of the circumstances, the case, and the players.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

And the aftermath.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

She might be unethical, but she committed a misdemeanor and is the responsibility of the electorate, not the governor or he would have the power to remove her through his office, not legislative bludgeonery. As for my “being a lefty” because I’m pointing out what he did was legal and undeserving of prosecution, but repugnant, don’t be inane. There’s nothing praise-worthy about abusing a representative government for partisan gain, even if it is my own party. Sorry.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Worse, he didn’t even get her to step down. So he defunded an office he thinks is doing good, resulting in jobs lost and gives her a platform to run for re-election off of in an already blue county. Yeah, well played.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Liberal logic is so fun.

You are acting like he just woke up one day and decided to go after this chick and the the office because she is a democrat.

Oh wait that’s what liberals do (see ex-CEO of Mozilla)

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

You are ignorant of the circumstances, the case, and the players.
cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Really? That’s funny, because I’ve read the law, Perry’s statements before, during and after, her actions and statements, as well as knowing the players. Please, tell me more.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

There’s nothing praise-worthy about abusing a representative government for partisan gain, even if it is my own party. Sorry.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

So using this logic why didn’t he go after her before the DWI arrest.

You are saying he did this just for partisan gain so why wait?

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Sorry.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Agreed.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

As would a democrat governor doing the same thing to an out of control hyper-partisan republican prosecutor. Except an out of control hyper-partisan prosecutor would have been removed from office if they didn’t resign.

The fact remains that the public integrity unit of the Travis county prosecutor’s office has had little to do with the public, or integrity, for a long time.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Yup. Just like the many Democrat offices or policy names.

“Affordable Care Act”
“American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”
“The Department of Justice”

I’m sure people get the point.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Does Perry have the power of the Veto or not? He doesn’t have to have a reason. He has one but I doubt he has to have one. And I am sure the legislature can overturn it if they like.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Cute, again, I’m liberal because I point out that using executive position to remove an elected official is wrong. She committed a misdemeanor and acted like an idiot. Those aren’t legal grounds for removal, which is exactly why Perry had to use the methods he did. He personally finds her actions objectionable, like most rational people. That doesn’t mean that using the method he did is even remotely correct.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Really?

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Really.

I will not waste the time to inform you further if your claim of reading is true, and you cannot already comprehend that those familiar with the law have called this indictment frivolous and impossible to to win on an even playing field.

You are only worthy of scorn and pity for your your foolish claims.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

By the method the Texas Constitution is written, yes, he has to have a reason (which can be whatever) and has to submit it to the legislature. Even if he didn’t, he recited multiple times why he did it. You seem to be under the inference that I’m saying he’s legally liable: he’s not. What I said is that actions such as that are reprehinsible in a Republic, because it defeats the entire purpose of the electoral process. If he were meant to remove elected officials, he’d have that power and not have to use veto to bludgeon some idiot out of office, which is the public’s job.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Tom DeLay was a problem. Demorats got a partisan prosecutor in Travis County to indict him … BINGO! Got rid of him. Charges eventually dropped due to lack of evidence!

Ted Stevens was a problem. Demorats got a partisan prosecutor to indict him … BINGO! Got rid of him. Charges eventually dropped due to lack of evidence!

Chris Christie was polling too well. Demorats created a scandal where there was none. BINGO! Discredited him! No charges ever brought because of lack of any credible evidence.

Mitt Romney was polling very well against THE ONE. Demorats used smear and innuendo about Bain Capital and income taxes. BINGO! Discredited him! No credibility to any of the charges.

Jack Ryan was polling ahead of THE ONE in Illinois Senate race. Demorat lawyers dispatched to L.A. where a partisan judge unsealed divorce records. BINGO! Discredited him!

Scott Walker was riding high in Wisconsin. Partisan demorat prosecutor indicts him for election fraud. BINGO! Discredited him! Two federal courts throw out the case due to lack of ANY credible evidence.

Sarah Palin wildly popular. 50 demorat lawyers and press dispatched to Anchorage to pour over her email as governor. Smear and innuendo used. BINGO! She is discredited. Later proven right on virtually everything she said or predicted.

Rick Perry …

[sarcasm font enabled]

Anyone else see a pattern?

No, I didn’t think so!

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r27cj on August 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Cupcake, I already said the prosecution was without legal grounds. You need to read before you open your mouth.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Tom DeLay was a problem. Demorats got a partisan prosecutor in Travis County to indict him … BINGO! Got rid of him. Charges eventually dropped due to lack of evidence!

r27cj on August 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

No, DeLay was convicted. The conviction was overturned in the appellate court.

Cupcake…
Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Honey child, you need to think about the foolish stuff you write. Because what you are doing now removes all doubt of your status as a fool.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Simply put, the Texas coercion statute excludes governmental entities/groups from inclusion and as the abuse of office is reliant on a law having already been broken, that’s out the window, too. So, let’s just give up on trying to imply that I’m saying what he did was illegal, because I’m not.

What I’m saying is that not allowing the public to remove the official they elected is morally repugnant. The ability to remove an elected official based on his distaste for them is not something granted under Texas Constitutional or statute law. The people elected her, she didn’t commit a felony, which means she gets to stay as long as the people will keep her. Which is exactly why all Perry’s action did was defund a department he directly praised.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

So the prosecutor is acting illegally, not the governor and it shouldn’t even be a discussion but it is.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Cupcake…

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

LOL…

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Time for Repubs to stop *investigating* and start indicting high profile dems…it isn’t as if they don’t have any criminals or scandals to chose from. Pick any off the wall charge (such as a Governor vetoing funding)and present the indictment, doesn’t matter if it sticks or not, all that matters is that it tarnishes the person chosen. Me, I’d start with Holder.

Alinsky tactics work both ways, time the Repubs learn how to play.

AppraisHer on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

How about you give the prosecutor equal time in the morally repugnant category.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

You’re equating a project to trying to force an elected official out of office, defunding an office you praise, while doing so? Get outta here.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

She is an alcoholic who was arrested and jailed for driving while drunk, yet she is a District Attorney heading up an Ethics Unit.

Republican or Democrat, it is inconceivable to me that you think she is worthy to hold that job, much less a law license.

Perry did his best to convince her to step down, but Dems feared (now think about this) FEARED losing control of the Ethics”R”Us unit to a Republican, so she refused.

I don’t know many here in Texas who approve of drunk drivers as DAs, but I guess its okay with y’all.

Perry’s actions were both legal and appropriate; Lemberg should never have been allowed to retain her position as District Attorney.

It is Travis County Democrats who colluded in refusing to do what was right and who have created a purely political indictment out of this reasonable (and well-approved by Texas voters) approach to an intransigent law-breaker in high state office.

Dolce Far Niente on August 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I think you being called “cupcake” is A-DOR-ABLE!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

The dangerous thing is that Travis is so blue that they might just pursue this all the way through, which would benefit the Democrats insanely. Don’t think for a second they won’t play that card out as far as possible. They could drag it to 2016 and Perry in orange would do well for them.

Even if they don’t, the fact that Perry took an action that directly challenges the point to having an elected government (If everyone votes to elect their representatives, then the top of the structure kicks those representatives he dislikes or disagrees with, there is no point served by electing anyone but the top) will be used as a club that the right is full of autocrats. “Look at all these people that think so well of Perry, blah blah.”

It’s dangerous, especially with November and 2016 coming.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think you being called “cupcake” is A-DOR-ABLE!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think I might start using that myself.

Cupcake cozmo – has a nice ring to it.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Time for Repubs to stop *investigating* and start indicting high profile dems…it isn’t as if they don’t have any criminals or scandals to chose from. Pick any off the wall charge (such as a Governor vetoing funding)and present the indictment, doesn’t matter if it sticks or not, all that matters is that it tarnishes the person chosen. Me, I’d start with Holder.

Alinsky tactics work both ways, time the Repubs learn how to play.

AppraisHer on August 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Holder has already been found in contempt of congress. So what? Nobody cares. There are no repercussions. Until people start going to jail they don’t care.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Republican or Democrat, it is inconceivable to me that you think she is worthy to hold that job, much less a law license.

That’s the problem, my personal opinion of her doesn’t matter as I’m not one of the people that elected her.

Perry did his best to convince her to step down, but Dems feared (now think about this) FEARED losing control of the Ethics”R”Us unit to a Republican, so she refused.

She was already not running for the next election. Attempting to get her to step down early just made the overreach that much more blatant. He’s not in a position to determine what elected officials may stay in office. That’s not how a Republic functions.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Sarah Palin wildly popular. 50 demorat lawyers and press dispatched to Anchorage to pour over her email as governor. Smear and innuendo used. BINGO!

Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine, no fan of Palin, had the integrity to include Palin with Walker and Christie among governors targeted by Democrats, who succeeded in saddling her with legal bills four times her salary to force her resignation. Mirengoff’s professionalism is beyond the scope of big time mover and shaker Noah Rathman, who deals in the present and can’t be bother with people who were thrown away.

cbenoistd on August 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Maybe john boner can use the legal system to get obamao?

johnny reb on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Perry’s actions were both legal and appropriate; Lemberg should never have been allowed to retain her position as District Attorney.

They were legal, they were only “appropriate” if you’re also fine with the concept of POTUS leveraging presidential vetoes against Senators or Representatives interests in an attempt to get them to step down.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

She is an alcoholic who was arrested and jailed for driving while drunk, yet she is a District Attorney heading up an Ethics Unit.

Dolce Far Niente on August 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Whenever you bring up her title, it is best to include where she has authority state wide. Officials with state wide authority come under control of the state and must answer to statewide elected officials.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I don’t know how I will ever live that down.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Mitt Romney was polling very well against THE ONE. Demorats used smear and innuendo about Bain Capital and income taxes. BINGO! Discredited him! No credibility to any of the charges.

On the Bain Capital thing. It didn’t help that Newt basically raided the Democrat playbook during the GOP primaries and kept attacking Romney from the left.

Agree on everything, though.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Noah Rothman can’t be bothered. (Either.)

cbenoistd on August 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

And I imagine you’re all aghast at obaka using the IRS to target conservative and pro Israel groups, right?

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

What I don’t understand is how you keep going on and on about Perry being political about this but not the prosecutor. It would seem that your argument would have these two equally guilty at this point. As for the blueness of Travis, Gov. Perry isn’t running for governor and nationally it plays a lot better for Perry than in Travis county.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

She was already not running for the next election. Attempting to get her to step down early just made the overreach that much more blatant. He’s not in a position to determine what elected officials may stay in office. That’s not how a Republic functions.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Good luck with that “That’s not how a Republic functions” argument. It functions sort of like the “Whoever has the guns makes the rules” argument.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I don’t know how I will ever live that down.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Not to worry, your reputation (such as it is) can survive anything here at Hot Air.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

small facepalm.

Not even a close comparison. A close comparison would be a US attorney or the Attorney General.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Cupcake cozmo – has a nice ring to it.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

So does Wisconsin gophergirl

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

National democrats like Axelrod are downplaying this farce because they know that a small group of fringe leftists in Austin have just succeeded in giving Perry credibility in terms of his moral compass and ethics. I am sure Perry is already making campaign commercials with the footage of the out of control drunk DA with a voiceover describing how he is the man to clean up the corruption of the present administration.

Ellis on August 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Ellis on August 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Yep

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Time to fight back how Perry handles this bogus situation will go along way in telling whether or not he is indeed peresidentail or not.

rodguy911 on August 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

And I imagine you’re all aghast at obaka using the IRS to target conservative and pro Israel groups, right?

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I realize this is a shock, dear, but I’m a Republican. Simply because I’m saying that Perry screwed up doesn’t suddenly make me a lib.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Let’s not forget these are the same people who went all gaga over a blonde chick in pink tennis shoes.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

National democrats like Axelrod are downplaying this farce because they know that a small group of fringe leftists in Austin have just succeeded in giving Perry credibility in terms of his moral compass and ethics. I am sure Perry is already making campaign commercials with the footage of the out of control drunk DA with a voiceover describing how he is the man to clean up the corruption of the present administration.

Ellis on August 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Agreed. See: “Governors don’t let prosecutors drive drunk (and stay in office)”

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

If it’s a valid usage on a middling elected official, why would it not be on a higher elected official? Since when have Democrats ever said, “Oh, well, you kept it minimal the last time, I guess we will, too!” Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen. Imagine a left dominated Congress and a left President, like 2009. You think they won’t swing that hammer if the excuse is provided? Now, that? That’s funny.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

She was already not running for the next election. Attempting to get her to step down early just made the overreach that much more blatant. He’s not in a position to determine what elected officials may stay in office. That’s not how a Republic functions.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

You ARE an idiot.

By what process can the voters of a Texas county remove an intransigent criminal from holding office as a District Attorney? You appear to believe that the voters can remove her like a boss fires an employee- but they can’t.

And a key distinction is that her office is a STATE office, but she is not elected by voters of the state- only by Travis County.

You understand that Gov Perry did not remove her from her position as District Attorney or from the Ethics Unit? She remains what the voters elected her to be- but the outfit she ramrods won’t get funding from the rest of the State due entirely to her personal lack of ethics. Travis County elected to pick up the financial slack, as is appropriate as only Travis County has a hand in electing this disgrace.

So she is still in office with a bunch of other Dem clowns being funded by the county that voted her in.

Is that also not like a Republic?

It is totally appropriate that Gov. Perry act on my behalf as a Texas voter, and I would approve of the same action toward any other drunk SOB in public office.

Dolce Far Niente on August 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

That’s repugnant in a nation that is supposed to be led by elected representatives. Imagine if POTUS said he’d veto any bill with spending for Kentucky until such a time as Mitch McConnel and Rand Paul stepped down. He wouldn’t even get to pick the replacement.

Yes, that’s repugnant and every bit as political as the suit against him.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Yes, if McConnell or Paul got busted for drunk driving with a 0.23 blood alcohol level, and then was abusive and resisting booking with threats of retaliation to the booking officers, and it was all on the evening news–yes I think it would be proper of whoever funds their offices to do whatever needed to be done to convince them to step down.

NOMOBO on August 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

No, but way you are acting does make you a fool.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

That’s funny.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Actually, it makes no sense.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Dolce Far Niente on August 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

BRAVO!!!!!!

Thread winner right here.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I realize this is a shock, dear, but I’m a Republican. Simply because I’m saying that Perry screwed up doesn’t suddenly make me a lib.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Don’t call me dear. It’s patronizing.

As for you being a Republican, big whoop, that isn’t saying much. I’m a conservative.

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

It is totally appropriate that Gov. Perry act on my behalf as a Texas voter, and I would approve of the same action toward any other drunk SOB in public office.

Dolce Far Niente on August 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Not to mentin, a Texas taxpayer…why should your tax dollars fund this drunk? They shouldn’t.

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Also seems it would be pretty hard to prosecute him for something he’s legally allowed to do.

abester on August 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Of course, the object is not to prosecute him, it’s to create a sound bite for low-info voters to latch onto, in order to prevent a strong candidate from running for President.

It has already succeeded. Republicans always have to work uphill against the immoral, Democrat-controlled press machine.

philwynk on August 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

“He didn’t break the law, but hell if there isn’t something really, really dark about using positional power to get an elected official to step down. That’s Russky moves. The left’ll use that in a heartbeat if Travis county doesn’t go full blue, fail to dismiss and then convicts. Especially if he goes for 2016.”
Man you are one sick puppy! Do you know what the money Perry withheld was for? It was for an ETHICS commission led by this drunken slob who refused to step down! Who do you think is looking out for the people of Texas more, perry or this alcoholic? Can you imagine the integrity of that ethics commission with her as the leader? Can you imagine anyone giving it any credibility? This may be just what Perry needs to ride in on a white horse and show once and for all just who Demorats are.

inspectorudy on August 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

They couldn’t threaten future governors, if the Republicans would change the law to give the power to the attorney general. A simple, straight forward solution.

If your opponent has a gun, take away the gun. Duh.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Except that if this special prosecutor is still on the case, for all we know he would try to indict all the legislators who vote to move the Public Integrity Unit to the AG’s office, using the same kind of “abuse of power” charge.

J.S.K. on August 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

They were legal, they were only “appropriate” if you’re also fine with the concept of POTUS leveraging presidential vetoes against Senators or Representatives interests in an attempt to get them to step down.

Ebola on August 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

What the heck does Obama have to do with this? Everyone wants the Republicans to fight back but when they do, people like you throw out stupid objections to argue against it. If you’re Republican, you represent what’s wrong with the party.

Vince on August 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The scandal is that the demolibs are doing what they always do, try to coerce and crucify using any means necessary even if it drains the taxpayer wallet of every cent. Doesn’t matter to them, as long as the fascist pig progressives get their way.

I hope Texans make these pigs pay dearly for it.

Diluculo on August 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

…and, if low info voters latch onto this as if indictment = guilt, they really need to have the right to vote removed from them because they do not deserve that right, which should be taken with solemn responsibility, not some frivolous action to use to fight for free shit.

Diluculo on August 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Whoa, nothing in any media has come even close to this in quality of reporting:
JE Dyer at Liberty Unyielding.

If only HA could find this kind of writers…

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

OT – revenge of the middle class

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

It might be helpful to have the name and Party affiliation of the “prideful district attorney” alluded to in the article.

Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/08/16/travis-county-da-rosemary-lehmbergs-drinking-problem-and-abuse-of-power-by-the-staggering-numbers/

I needed a shower after watching the video. My eyes!

claudius on August 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Whoa, nothing in any media has come even close to this in quality of reporting:
JE Dyer at Liberty Unyielding.

If only HA could find this kind of writers…

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Awesome read; thanks for that link.

I had no idea of the depth and history of the corruption involved with the Orwellian-named “Public Integrity Unit”.

J.E.’s been hitting it out of the park lately — would love to see her back here at HA …

ShainS on August 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

—Vladimir Lenin

claudius on August 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Every time I see Rick Perry on tv, I start thinking and I am really hungry now for a ham sandwich.

Fleuries on August 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Fleuries on August 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

But it has to be a Robertson’s ham sandwich.

Now I’m hungry for one.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Whoa, nothing in any media has come even close to this in quality of reporting:
JE Dyer at Liberty Unyielding.

If only HA could find this kind of writers…

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Outstanding. I have one question; why would a first time offender like Limberger get 45 days in jail for DWI? In CA it is usually the one day booking and then some weekend work detail.

arnold ziffel on August 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

This is the nasty Liberal playbook they used to harass Sarah Palin out of office which they then used against Governor Walker and now Governor Perry and Governor Scott.

I think it’s time to adopt their tactics and start suing Obama, Holder and every single Democrat governor and mayor.

OxyCon on August 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The state legislature has had the power to do this for more than a decade. Every time they have tried, they have been attacked for it. The reason it was given to to Travis county is a distrust of big government in Texas. The capital is in Travis county, therefore it was given to them. It is past time for a change.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Republican “mistrust” of big government has never had anything at all to do with big government but rather democratic government. The second a republican is in charge the size of government is no longer a concern. e.g. 2001-2008

Tlaloc on August 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

The scandal is that the demolibs are doing what they always do, try to coerce and crucify using any means necessary even if it drains the taxpayer wallet of every cent. Doesn’t matter to them, as long as the fascist pig progressives get their way.

I hope Texans make these pigs pay dearly for it.

Diluculo on August 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Man the dems must be super geniuses to have tricked Perry into behaving like an unethical douchebag. That’s a great trick!

Tlaloc on August 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Tlaloc on August 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

I can’t speak for all Republicans as you apparently can but that’s not true. I was very unhappy with W’s spending, and TARP was a real slap in the face. We have laws and there is no such thing as “too big to fail”. Both sides are shielding their donors at the expensive of the taxpayers and that cannot last forever.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Tlaloc on August 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

What’s unethical about vetoes? There is no telling how many Obama might issue if Bills ever got through the Senate.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Man the dems must be super geniuses to have tricked Perry into behaving like an unethical douchebag. That’s a great trick!

Tlaloc on August 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Well, you’ve convinced me! If anyone should know douchebags it would be you!

Vince on August 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Holder has already been found in contempt of congress. So what? Nobody cares. There are no repercussions. Until people start going to jail they don’t care.
Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

He was found in contempt, not indicted and he doesn’t get to walk away from an indictment. He gets his fingerprints and portrait taken and he gets to go to court. But don’t stop with Holder.

Demoralize them, ruin them, take away their livelihoods, drain their bank accounts, break up their families…then a lot of people would care. And a lousy contempt charge isn’t going to get them there.

Again my question. Why don’t Repubs start throwing out indictments?

AppraisHer on August 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Wow! The Dems scream, for weeks, that the Republicans want to “Impeach Obama!” and then use fat-ass-drunken-political hacks to go after Rick Perry…
I mean, really?
You go Dems!!!

shorebird on August 18, 2014 at 12:56 AM

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