Rick Perry turns himself in to authorities: Does he lose in the end?

posted at 4:41 pm on August 19, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Even the New York Times editorial board thinks the grand jury indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is baseless. In an editorial dripping with contempt for their own conclusions, the Times is compelled to confess that there is really no there there.

“One has to read this editorial to appreciate the angst it engendered in the Gray Lady’s panel of handwringers,” Ed Morrissey observed. “It’s an expert lesson in the use of weasel words.”

Conservatives have rallied to Perry’s side following this baseless indictment. Democrats have scrambled to disassociate themselves from his accusers. Many thought that Perry may end up emerging, paradoxically, in a better political position for having been indicted on corruption charges.

But Rosemary Lehmberg, the local district attorney who managed to secure this indictment and who many believe was exacting political retribution against Perry after he sought her removal from the bench for her DUI arrest, may end up with the last laugh.

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor’s legal team told Fox News,” a report read on Tuesday. “Fox News has learned Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken.”

That’s really bad news for those who backed Perry’s prospective 2016 presidential campaign. No matter how frivolous the charges Perry faces, and they are frivolous, few politicians can recover from having a police mugshot follow them around wherever they go. And Perry’s mugshot will do just that in 2015 and 2016.

Life isn’t fair, and neither are high-dollar Republican donors – the kind of people a prospective candidate needs to woo in order to mount an even remotely competitive presidential campaign. Perry has been effectively positioning himself as a more conservative but still electable alternative to more centrist candidates like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush in his pitch to donors, but the notoriously skittish GOP donor base will be nervous about backing a candidate with optics as bad as those the Texas governor will earn today.

Maybe Perry can turn this around and turn even his mugshot into an advantage, as he has so effortlessly with the indictment that precipitated it. But that remains to be seen. When the Republican base’s protective instinct has worn off, that mugshot will still be there. Make no mistake, this is a serious blow to Perry’s viability as a national candidate.


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All the evil Dims want is the albatross of “indictment” hovering over Perry’s head wherever he goes. The mug shot, fingerprints, etc. are an added bonus, but the term “indictment and/or indicted” was their goal.

The Dims understand one thing; their base is mostly comprised of know-it-all college kiddies who know nuthin‘, the victim set, *single mothers (*the one’s that give birth to checks rather than children), dirty smelly hippie d-bags, pompous urban yuppie types, party-line union thugs, lib edumakaterz & perfesserz, and the illegal gimm-e-grants.
All are ill-informed, most are completely ignorant of the country’s epic free-fall, *some vote because they just can’t stand the other guy’s party (*successfully brainwashed or simply brain dead), and a growing few vote because they are truly convinced that failure is the new success.
One thing’s for certain though, they will hear the word “indictment” from their favorite media filth whenever Perry’s name is mentioned regardless of the subject matter.

For instance:

Governor of Texas Rick Perry, recently indicted, was seen in Colorado luring another disgruntled fire arms manufacturer seeking a more hospitable business climate.

Rick Perry was at a ceremony today honoring Texas Vietnam veterans, but with those indictment charges surely weighing heavily on his mind, one wonders if he should be spending any time at any type of ceremony and more time trying to repair his tarnished reputation.

In other news, fun-loving drunkie, DA Rosie Lehmberg had a great time at the Blue Donkey nightclub trying her hand at the Dwarf-tossing competition here in Austin. Eat your indictment out Gov. Perry.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

All are ill-informed

As opposed to the party of climate deniers and creationists. Heh.

triple on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

No matter how frivolous the charges Perry faces, and they are frivolous, few politicians can recover from having a police mugshot follow them around wherever they go.
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LOL! Are you kidding me? People are already using it to show their support for Perry. It’s become a symbol of liberal oppression as well as the symbol of not backing down to it. Have you even seen the mug shot? The guy is practically laughing in it.

This mugshot has already turned into a nightmare for the libs.

MrX on August 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

As opposed to the party of climate deniers and creationists. Heh.

triple on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Pretty sure nobody ever denied there was climate, Butch.

And I think you forgot the crushing lolololol part of your argument.

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I still refuse to buy Toshiba products for them selling milling machines to the Soviets to make quiet submarines and Wayne LaPierre for his “Jackbooted thugs” remarks.

cozmo on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Hey, darlin’, I’ve got you beat.

I have been boycotting Dow Chemical since 1972- I refuse to buy Saran Wrap.

Also, I grew up next to and played in the fields and creeks behind the research center that developed (and tested on site) Agent Orange, but that has nothing to do with how I am now. I don’t think.

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

triple on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

You just proved my point. You know that right.

Next.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I saw Tom DeLay on TV doing an interview. He said he’d warned them ever since his own malicious prosecution in Texas to fix these problems with Texas prosecutors. They ignored him, including Perry. And this is the result.

It’s worth mentioning that filing frivolous lawsuits by a litigious Dem lawyer was how they drove Sarah Palin from office in Alaska. She said, truthfully, that resigning was best for the state and for her because she had time for nothing but the lawsuits and inquiries and depositions. After she resigned, the legislature passed laws to prevent the same thing from happening to future Alaska governors.

Toocon on August 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

The stupid reflexive instinct to bring up the “oops” moment will be overridden by this event. Unless this hits critical mass, people only remember the latest scandal/story. There is now a current story and Perry is winning on all fronts.

chapman on August 19, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Rick Perry is a joke and he will never be President.

That said, this nonsense is the best thing to ever happen to him. Even people that don’t like him support him all the way in this farce. He will pick up some fans with this.

Moesart on August 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

As opposed to the party of climate deniers and creationists. Heh.

triple on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I love that someone who has simply been told what to believe thinks they are informed even though they have no idea why they should believe it.

corkie on August 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

The United States is now officially a 3rd world banana republic, where Obama is the dictator who does what he wants, is surrounded by criminals like Perjurous Eric Holder, spies on, targets, & punishes citizens who opposes him, and who puts his political rivals in jail (like China…or Hussein used to do) on trumped up charges. Will the last American out please bring the flag?!

easyt65 on August 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Make no mistake, this is a serious blow to Perry’s viability as a national candidate.

What kind of RINO are you?

To Democrats, this would be a badge of honor.

To Republicans who have any common sense, this would be a good thing. He stood up to those who were doing poorly and who were poor examples. He did the right thing. The charges are baseless.

I still have my Perry for President 2012 bumper sticker on my car. It is the only bumper sticker on my car. I would and will vote for him again. :)

Theophile on August 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Perry’s hubris will be his undoing. The prosecutor will beat Perry over the head with his own statements. The law is so vague that it can mean whatever the prosecutor says it means. Juries don’t have any sympathy for politicians and will be easily convinced to convict Perry. This is an unforced error on the part of Perry, and he will continue the unforced errors by shooting his mouth off. The case isn’t going to be settled before he leaves office and if Perry doesn’t issue himself a pardon, he will probably go to jail.

edrebber on August 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Q: Is impeachment (House indictment) still meaningless?

A: Mugshot

Terp Mole on August 20, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Perry’s (alleged) “abuse of power” indictment is a cruel mockery to the loved ones of Obama’s assassination victims.

Agonized parents, widows and orphans of our brave SEAL Team 6 heroes (betrayed by the regime’s Extortion 17 cover-up) have for years been denied their right to bring testimony against Obama before military tribunal on charges of viciously ordering the sinister assassinations (and public desecrations with Muslim curses) of their brave military loved ones’.

Before his Benghazi betrayal, there was Extortion 17. Hussein’s traitorous offenses were meticulously outlined in “Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father.”

Articles of Impeachment against Obama are overdue. Willfully blind American Leftists must be reminded (over and over again) what their Murtad-in-Chief is desperately hiding.

Terp Mole on August 20, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I suspect this will not be the success the left and some Republicans hope it will be.

conservageek on August 20, 2014 at 1:31 AM

That isn’t a mug shot. It’s a head shot! Perry may even use it in campaign material.

Tom Delay was grinning in his photo; that indictment was also a joke. Has anyone posted Lehmberg’s mug shot? Though the videos are priceless. “I’m not drunk” – as an officer keeps her from falling on her big ass!

Picaro on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I love that someone who has simply been told what to believe thinks they are informed even though they have no idea why they should believe it.

corkie on August 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Because it’s true and backed up by decades of research in both cases?

As opposed to what, going to church and believing what happened in the bible is real because the bible said the bible is a trustworthy source?

triple on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Perry has been effectively positioning himself as a more conservative but still electable alternative to more centrist candidates like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush in his pitch to donors, but the notoriously skittish GOP donor base will be nervous about backing a candidate with optics as bad as those the Texas governor will earn today.

God, HotGas really wanted to find someone more liberal than Guy Benson.

Myron Falwell on August 20, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Because it’s true and backed up by decades of research in both cases?

As opposed to what, going to church and believing what happened in the bible is real because the bible said the bible is a trustworthy source?

triple on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM

You mean “research” that was debunked by the very e-mails of the researchers carrying it out?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Dunedainn on August 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I hope Perry beats the socialist scum over the head with their corruption. I really do.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Mug shot T shirts in 3…2…1. This will be a huge fund raiser for Perry. If we give up on him too soon, we could end up with Bush or worse, Christie.

Kissmygrits on August 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Even though the charges are BS, the Jury deciding the case is going to be made up of partisan hacks who want to throw Perry’s a** in jail for no other reason than that he’s not a Demoncrat.

There’s a better-than-not chance that he gets railroaded in a complete farce of a show trial in Austin’s kangaroo courts.

And the thus-emboldened Demoncrats start doing it en masse to anybody who dares even think of opposing them, or even disagreeing with them.

The Marxist Demoncrats are feeling their oats, and are confident enough that they control enough of the lawyers and judges out there to start throwing dissenters in prison whenever they please.

HikaruKitsune on August 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Toocon on August 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I still say she is our best hope in 2016. The one guarantee to rev up the best.

By the way, they are doing the same thing here in Wisconsin to Scott Walker with the politically motivated john Doe II. It was stopped by a federal appellate court but the Democrat DA and his persecution squad have ignored the court and are still pursuing a case against the governor. Watch for an October surprise indictment that will kill his re-election, although he is trailing the Democrat empty suit in the polls, primarily because his supporters are complacent. They think that winning the recall by a larger margin that his original election meant he was unbeatable. A significant part of those votes were Democrats opposed to the recall itself. Those votes will go to Mary Burke.

pdigaudio on August 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Democrats know their base is too stupid and misinformed to find this objectionable. That’s what public schools and the media are for.

TallDave on August 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Wow, sounds like Noah wants to start tarring Perry early.

It’s one thing if there were, say, mugshots of Perry all disheveled and looking like he was on a bender, or with some facial bruising from a fight with cops. But in these mugshots he will look good and appear calm and collected. They really won’t be what the Democrats (and evidently Noah) are looking for.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

As opposed to what, going to church and believing what happened in the bible is real because the bible said the bible is a trustworthy source?

triple on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Well, you just revealed the depths of your ignorance in the field of theology, so thanks for that.

The Schaef on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Because it’s true and backed up by decades of research in both cases?

triple on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM

You mean “research” that was debunked by the very e-mails of the researchers carrying it out?

Dunedainn on August 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

triple wasn’t informed about the debunking emails. triple was only told what to believe. I love that liberals think that being told what to believe means that they’re informed.

corkie on August 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Your country is totally screwed up and, consequently, screwed.

ProfessorMiao on August 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

As usual, Noah doesn’t get it.

Immolate on August 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I’m making a t-shirt…on the front I’ll put images of Perry and beside him a pic of Benjamin Netanyahu on the front…on the back I’ll have pics of Bill Ayers and beside that a pic of Val Jerret with a simple question written across the top of the images… ‘Who will you stand with in 2016?’

Von Kleist on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

RE:

As opposed to what, going to church and believing what happened in the bible is real because the bible said the bible is a trustworthy source?

triple on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Faith is what drives people to trust in the bible… I define faith as an absolute trust in an unproven truth…

Von Kleist on August 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If Perry has half the political moxie and ballsiness of your average Liberal he will use his mug shot as his official campaign portrait. Perhaps make it into an old-timey Texas “WANTED” poster listing his “crimes” such as “lowering taxes” “reducing unemployment” etc.

It’s time for the GOP to stop being such prim and proper little Marian The Librarian weenies…

jbspry on August 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

If he plays this correctly, I think this will help Perry more than hurt him.

It will help him with the base, both in terms of popularity and in terms of fundraising.

I don’t see how it hurts him, unless he somehow ends up convicted (which I seriously, seriously doubt – it seems to me that the charges should be dismissed on a motion).

It does seem to show that the dems are afraid of him in 2016 though.

Monkeytoe on August 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I think you’re wrong, Noah. Perry should be the first to use his own mugshot in a political advertisement as a badge of honor to expose the Democrat’s abuse of power.

When you’re engaged in a counterinsurgency operation you use the enemy’s weapons against them.

Mike from NC on August 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Put the mugshot on a bumper sticker with the words:

When you fight corruption, Democrats put you in jail

I’m sure there’s a marketing guy or gal who can put it better, but you get the gist. Whatever issues Perry has with true conservatives would evaporate.

Cricket624 on August 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/?p=158735

Great Perry ad responding to indictment.

talkingpoints on August 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

One of the jurors on the grand jury which indicted Perry was active in her role as state Dem party delegate during the grand jury proceedings, which included hearing testimony for the indictment from a Dem state senator with whom she had partied at the Dem convention:

http://mediatrackers.org/national/2014/08/20/perry-grand-juror-active-democratic-party-delegate-jury-proceedings

DublOh7 on August 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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