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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Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken

Wearing a “Perry 2016″ T shirt

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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.

Maybe. But it strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of Noah.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

He can take it and run with it. But will he?

Othniel on August 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Not sure. This might be a poster for Democrat Arrogance. Turn Perry into a martyr: “The left is so scared of me they abused their power as much as they could!”

Vanceone on August 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

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.

Maybe. But drunk, dumb, and a Democrat is no way to go through life.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

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

And an acquittal will erase that.

And, on the purely cynical side, he can now one up Rand on minority outreach with his record.

nobar on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Austin, TX.

Akzed on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I don’t get the criticism.

Isn’t what he did the definition of Abuse of Power?

It’s not up to the governor to decide which elected officials should be forced to resign.

Not that it matters, really. I mean, it’s not like Rick Perry is every going to be anything more than governor of texas.

everdiso on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

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

Unless, of course, it ends up helping him.

I have imagined myself being enthusiastic about Walker, or Ryan, or Jindal, but I think Perry just went to the top of the heap. Someone suggested he wear a Mothers Against Drunk Driving t-shirt for his mugshot. I hope he does. Or, perhaps, MADDA (Mothers Against Drunk District Attorneys).

JudetheFossil on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken

Glasses on or off?

Brat on August 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Criminalizing political opposition is the mark of Despotism. Look at Putin, Chavez, North Korea and any number of dictatorships around the world. Be sure to thank anyone you know who votes Democrat for putting one more nail in the coffin of a Democratic Republic that was once the envy of the world.
Thanks Democrats!

trubble on August 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

He can turn this into an “I got hassled by The Man” thing. There`s a Ted Cruz poster of him shirtless covered in tats looking like a bada**.

Perry should play it that way or ride off into the sunset.

ThePrez on August 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Setting the record straight ….

http://youtu.be/mbXHg7_Zqjc

pambi on August 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

The mug-shot will be epic in history.

It’s not going to turn out the way Soros wanted to.

He paid for all this. It’s gon’ nip them in their stupid azzes.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I think this could be a brilliant move. For starters, it would illustrate that Perry isn’t hiding anything, that he’s not worried, and that he complies with the law which prevents the Democrat fascists from whining and tossing out ridiculous responses such as, “Rick Perry evades the police!”

A politician would be owning up to something of which he’s been accused (whether it’s true or bogus, the point is that Perry would be taking it seriously instead of using mockery or insults as Obama frequently does). This same politician would also be taking responsibility both as an individual and as a political leader without passing the buck, and in these circumstances, Perry did absolutely nothing wrong.

If the “indictment” gets thrown out (entirely plausible), this could potentially shine a bright light onto Perry as a man of profound character and one whose behavior is truly befitting of a real president.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

This will be a badge of honor and blow up in the DemocRATS face.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Expectin’ so, too.

pambi on August 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

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.

So let me get this straight. A mugshot taken for what is widely regarded on both ends of the political spectrum as a bunch of BS trumped up charges means the end of Perry’s Presidential aspirations. But Bill Clinton’s impeachment and taped confession to the nation that he did in fact have an affair with Monica Lewinsky and that he lied to us about it is no big deal with regard to Hillary’s candidacy?

Doughboy on August 19, 2014 at 4:53 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. And Perry’s mugshot will do just that in 2015 and 2016.

You’re joking right? Have the Democrats in Congress have been busted and had their mugshot taken for some protest or another. Why would just having a mugshot amount to anything. There are ads every cycle with real and made up mugshots in them. Never amounts to much unless you can show a conviction.

Rocks on August 19, 2014 at 4:53 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. And Perry’s mugshot will do just that in 2015 and 2016.

I respectfully disagree. After the way Republicans have been railroaded by BS prosecutors over the last few years I think Perry taking it head on and beating the Democrats at their own game will only endear him to the base.

alchemist19 on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

the Times is compelled to confess that there is really no there there.

What is this supposed to mean?

cat_owner on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

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

Oh please. Come on, Noah – you can’t possible believe this.

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I do not support Perry for President. Too soft on illegals and has a high probability of passing amnesty.
That said, the best way to change the mug shot to his advantage would be to use it along with a policy proposals to reign in out of control district attorneys.
I would write it up as a most wanted ad, and have the reason be something along the lines of.

WANTED: Rick Perry
picture
By the left for holding public servants to account for their abuses of power.

Then use it as a positive.

WANTED: Rick Perry
picture
By conservatives looking for a more restrained government.

I do not want him. But hey, he might still change his views on immigration.

astonerii on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Maybe. But drunk, dumb, and a Democrat is no way to go through life.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I needed a laugh today. Thx BC.

JusDreamin on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I don’t this hurts him with the base or with independents. Who cares about the shitheads who would vote for Obama or the wife/enabler of a guy used to get blown by his intern in the White House and lied under oath about it?

dpduq on August 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

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

You crazy!

Blake on August 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Vanceone is absolutely right.

This makes him a martyr.

Not like any of Barry’s sons, but…

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.

Didn’t Filner build a political career on his mug shots when he was marching for civil rights 50 years ago?

formwiz on August 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The Bushs never liked Perry much.

They should, however, not come prematurely.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Perry should show up wearing a t-shirt with Rosemary Lehmberg’s mugshot on the front of it.

myiq2xu on August 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Martyr
On the D-rats’ altar

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Honestly, almost everyone in D.C. should be getting mug shots at this point.

ThePrez on August 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

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

Noah, you’re off your rocker! Not only does this NOT damage him, but makes me want to see him run all the more in 2016. It clearly shows him being attacked by the Dems and liberals

ConservativePartyNow on August 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

few politicians can recover from having a police mugshot follow them around wherever they go

I’m picturing the photo of BHO smoking a choom and see how that has not hurt him one bit. Different times? Or is it just different parties?

bbordwell on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Notice how all the contortionists and pundits are only asking how this impacts his chances in 2016?

Notice how no one is asking what a conviction would do to his chances in 2016 and are only asking what the indictment will do to his chances.

I can only put it this way, people either think that:
A) the indictment is worse than being convicted and will completely ruin his chances, or
B) It would be worse to be convicted but it is a forgone conclusion that he will be found not guilty, which is bad for dems because it means it was purely political.

Even the NYT is already declaring his innocence.

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Perry mugshot t-shirt: “Hands Up, Dont Shoot”

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

“Drunk, dumb, and Democrat is no way to go through life.”

Can I get a t-shirt? Somebody is bound to be already printing these.

PS Thanks BC!

gdb in central Texas on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

That’s really bad news for those who backed Perry’s prospective 2016 presidential campaign.

Really? How about an ad campaign featuring that ‘booking photo’ along with:

Hi! My name is Rick Perry. I’ve been CRIMINALLY indited by Democrats for thinking of running for the presidency of the United States. It doesn’t matter if your Republican or Independent, YOU COULD BE NEXT if you’re not a “MEMBER OF THE PARTY”.

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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

Sure Noah, in your hopeful, lefty dreamworld.

“Free Perryia”

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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

Is it just me or has HA been trolling their readers lately?

myiq2xu on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

When the Republican base’s handwringing squish/progressive wing’s protective instinct has worn off, that mugshot will still be there.

If you like Perry on his merits for POTUS, then your “protective instincts” won’t come into play, just your rational ability to discern truth from fiction.

If you are a But-will-Dems-like-me? squish, you’ll twist your hankie in your tear-stained hands and write blog posts wondering? About the damage? And will Dems…?

If you’re a Republican Progressive, you’ll smile a little and say “Aw, I’m real sorry about that, Rick. Dang, what a rotten break.”

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Maybe. But it strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of Noah.

Bitter Clinger

Thank you, I was about to say the same thing although I’m not convinced he was going to be a strong contender. Despite recent comments his record on illegal immigrants has never been that good and I think that will be a major consideration in the 2016 prez race. most Americans don’t want any kind of amnesty and the Democrats are going to try and drive it down the throats of Americans.

It seems that most Democrats inside the beltway-echo-chamber somehow have this skewed notion that amnesty is a vote getter.

Depending on which poll you look at 2/3 – 90% of Americans don’t want any form of amnesty and any Democrat that tries to run on that subject is going to get slaughtered.

E9RET on August 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Perry and Walker were both ganged up on and remarkably both took their states into huge surpluses in an Obama economy. They be scary to certain parties and interests.

Marcus on August 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Oh I think Perry can use this to his advantage. And I believe voters will care less than donors.

Besides who wants to be aligned too closely with Big Time Republican Establishment Donors anyway?

Make a video of Perry being finger printed and then weave it into the RickPac video of what’s-her–name all drunk and belligerent. Then ask who the real criminal is. Pound on his “intentions” even while pounding on the fact that he was well within his rights to stop funding her office.

Liberals will be very, very angry because they think they own good intentions. And we all know how fun and effective that is!

LetsBfrank on August 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Noah, why are you on a conservative blog? You aren’t conservative at all.

ladyingray on August 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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

Sure… here’s his visibility. A split screen presidential campaign ad with the drunk DA on one side and Perry letting the country know that he’s not going to put up with incompetent people in his administration.

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

This is a long post that doesn’t really say anything. It seems to engage in wishful thinking; almost hoping for Perry’s demise. We need to stop buying the premises of the left and the mainstream media. Perry did nothing wrong, and I think this nonsense will make a great joke when he’s out out the stump in 2015/2016. Heck, even the NY Times says this is bogus. Now we have Hot Air writers wringing their hands? Stop enabling this nonsense.

MikeRuss on August 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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

Nope. He’s not the one on the side of a convicted drunk driver, mug shot or otherwise, and unless there’s more to this than what we’ve seen the ridiculousness of the charge is evident even to some Dems (those who haven’t lost their mind).

changer1701 on August 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

So let me get this straight. A mugshot taken for what is widely regarded on both ends of the political spectrum as a bunch of BS trumped up charges means the end of Perry’s Presidential aspirations. But Bill Clinton’s impeachment and taped confession to the nation that he did in fact have an affair with Monica Lewinsky and that he lied to us about it is no big deal with regard to Hillary’s candidacy?

Doughboy on August 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yup!

Only if you’re a Democrat is something like a mugshot or aiding an impeached president a résumé enhancer.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Noah, why are you on a conservative blog? You aren’t conservative at all.

ladyingray on August 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

He won’t answer you. He drops these turds on HA and then runs like a Crissy Hayes. Kind of favors him too.

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Totally wrong, Noah. I think this whole thing is a joke and it does nothing but make everyone laugh at the DA behind this.

COgirl on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

So let me get this straight. A mugshot taken for what is widely regarded on both ends of the political spectrum as a bunch of BS trumped up charges means the end of Perry’s Presidential aspirations. But Bill Clinton’s impeachment and taped confession to the nation that he did in fact have an affair with Monica Lewinsky and that he lied to us about it is no big deal with regard to Hillary’s candidacy?

Doughboy on August 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Spot on, Doughboy.

Noah, which Republican is going to attack Perry on these grounds? Rand Paul, whose father (no fan of Perry’s) condemned the indictment as a “joke”? Scott Walker or Chris Christie, who also dealt with trumped up, politically-motivated charges of wrongdoing? Bobby Jindal, who has come out in support of Perry? I think you are off-base here.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Liberals Leftists will be very, very angry because they think they own good intentions. And we all know how fun and effective that is!

LetsBfrank on August 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

We are the classical liberals.

They are always the fascist thugs.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I hope he’s wearing a huge sh1t eating grin in that mugshot.

stvnscott on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I just hope he doesn’t convert to Islam while he’s in the pokey. It might actually cause Rand Paul to die of jealousy over his “street cred” lol.

abobo on August 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Probably time for Republicans to start prosecuting Democrat electeds. When everyone has a mug shot, a mug shot will be meaningless for political propaganda purposes.

Texas Zombie on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Now we have Hot Air writers wringing their hands?

MikeRuss on August 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Noah is more of a bed-wetter

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Even the NYT is already declaring his innocence.

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

But his clearing of all charges will be reported on page 24B.

pambi on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The media will decide if this works or not.

leftamark on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

C’mon, Noah. The Democrats were going to post “mug shot” pictures of Perry whether he was arraigned or not. It’s not like they need reality to come up with their imagery. Ask Granny, and do it quickly before Paul Ryan finishes pushing her off a cliff.

Zumkopf on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I think Rick Perry should end this right now by pardoning himself. He has total legal authority to do so, and I think he would have almost universal support for doing so. And there’s not a thing this prosecutor could do about it.

Shump on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Awesome new Rick Perry / RickPAC ad …

‘ Setting the Record Straight’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbXHg7_Zqjc

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

this is a serious blow to Perry’s viability as a national candidate.

That is the whole point of the exercise, not the prosecution of an actual wrong. Just like what Sarah Palin had to put up with which caused her to resign. The Democrats want to use dirty tactics to destroy people they know they cannot defeat at the polls.

Perry just has to come out swinging to get past this and even benefit form it. The place to start is with the statements that Democrats have made about how political this is. From there just keep hitting back at anyone who goes after him.

bartbeast on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I’m sure Perry knows what he’s doing.

22044 on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I think you are off-base here.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I don’t think you get it. mr Rothman has to hand-wring. It’s not Noah’s fault that the presidential horse race starts earlier and earlier every cycle.

abobo on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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.

Maybe. But drunk, dumb, and a Democrat is no way to go through life.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Lehmberg has made a laughingstock of herself. She just turned an embarrassing Texas story about her into an embarrassing national story with legs. She will enter the Lois Lerhner club of general contempt. Drunk, Dumpy, Dumb and Despised is no way to go through life.

Perry will be fine until the general election. This mud will not stick except with the LIV and they generally do not vote in GOP primaries. In a general election he will have trouble because he will be cast as a “Southern Redneck” among other irrelevant distraction nonsense things in order to draw in the suburban housewife vote along with the inevitable “War On Women” schtick.

KW64 on August 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Folks, isn’t it possible this helps in the Primary but hurts him with low infos in the General?

Donald Draper on August 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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.

Yes, David Frum Rothman, we understand how it works. Perry should just go away and cry.

On the other hand, maybe he can unleash a nuke like these other repubs seem unwilling to do.

arnold ziffel on August 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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

Noah, care to elaborate on why you think that. I have to presume you thought Perry would make a viable candidate to begin with.

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I hope he’s wearing a huge sh1t eating grin in that mugshot.

stvnscott on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Perry needs to appear sad and/or disappointed. For once, the Republicans should use the Democrat fascists’ sympathy ploys against them. Perry should make it emotional, as he already has logic on his side. One-two punch, knock ‘em out!

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

this is a serious blow to Perry’s viability as a national candidate

By saying this, you are accepting the liberal premise, the liberal view of the world as being legitimate.

So rather than being strong and defiant, rather than standing up to the inherent unfairness of a liberal controlled society, and fighting to change it, you just made it seem sensible for donors and voters to withhold support from a good politician who has been wrongfully accused.

This is why we continue to lose. We are weak. We accept our position of subordinate, and just whine about it.

Less on August 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The media will make this a national issue that will destroy Perry

Just like they did Christie

Redford on August 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Perry needs to embrace the mugshot, like Cruz did the gangsta’ poster of him. How about t-shirts with snarky slogans about Democrats want to make everybody who disagrees with them political prisoners.

In 2012 I thought Perry came off pretty limp. Maybe this incident will show him how to be bold.

bartbeast on August 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

My idea then, would be to have faux mugshots of any and all Party of R candidates made up for public consumption. Use the mug shots to attract voters. Don’t allow it to be a liability. Think the Cruz tattoo photoshop piece. Turned out very well for Cruz because he handled it so well.

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I don’t think you get it. mr Rothman has to hand-wring. It’s not Noah’s fault that the presidential horse race starts earlier and earlier every cycle.

abobo on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

LOL. Noah may have to hand-wring, but I don’t have to accept it. If he is completely wrong, I’m going to call him out on it.

If Perry somehow gets convicted of something (which I strongly doubt, in light of the existing Texas precedent), Noah would have a leg to stand on. But right now, this feels like wishcasting.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I needed a laugh today. Thx BC.

JusDreamin on August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

“Drunk, dumb, and Democrat is no way to go through life.”

Can I get a t-shirt? Somebody is bound to be already printing these.

PS Thanks BC!

gdb in central Texas on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Your more than welcome

:)

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Maybe. But it strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of Noah.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Isn’t a mugshot in this situation a total nothingburger? Bad optics, but, doesn’t reality trump optics?

LashRambo on August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I think Rick Perry should end this right now by pardoning himself. He has total legal authority to do so, and I think he would have almost universal support for doing so. And there’s not a thing this prosecutor could do about it.

Shump on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I respectfully disagree. Perry needs to handle this very carefully and strategically, as the worse thing he could do is give the Democrat fascists more ammunition. The focus should be on the Democrat fascists and that disgusting pig Lehmberg, not Perry for simply compiling with the law which had been used as a weapon against him by the fascist Democrats.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Well Perry and Christie are both out now. The field is getting narrowed down. Cruz and Paul had better watch themselves.

Johnnyreb on August 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Will it be Rick Perry in the picture or Clark Kent?

stvnscott on August 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Noah. The rules are changing, You are wrong.

djl130 on August 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

That is the whole point of the exercise, not the prosecution of an actual wrong. Just like what Sarah Palin had to put up with which caused her to resign. The Democrats want to use dirty tactics to destroy people they know they cannot defeat at the polls.

Perry just has to come out swinging to get past this and even benefit form it. The place to start is with the statements that Democrats have made about how political this is. From there just keep hitting back at anyone who goes after him.

bartbeast on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Indeed.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

he focus should be on the Democrat fascists and that disgusting pig Lehmberg, not Perry for simply compiling with the law which had been used as a weapon against him by the fascist Democrats.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Oops, that should be “complying.”

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Confirmed: Noah Rothman is an idiot. If everyone agrees that the indictment is utter BS – and by everyone I mean the NYCT, WaPo, David Axelrod, Alan Dershowitz, Jonathan Turley, etc. – then this will make him a rock star. On the other side, you can point out that the Dems wasted time and money ona frivolous, hyper-political prosecution/presocution in naked attempt to criminal political differences.

I’ll also point out here that most experts agree that Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority – an impeachable offense – and yet it’s the GOP that will be hurt if they try to impeach him. Then when the Dems go off like this, it still hurts the GOP? C’mon.

rcpjr on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Perry mugshot t-shirt: “Hands Up, Dont Shoot”

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Excellent!

And one in Spanish too.

leftamark on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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.

Puh-leeze.

When the mugshot is made public, someone immediately needs to start printing t-shirts of it with “Perry 2016″ emblazoned across the front. They’ll make a fortune.

CurtZHP on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Lehmberg has made a laughingstock of herself. She just turned an embarrassing Texas story about her into an embarrassing national story with legs.

KW64

To quote Dr. Reynolds, “Heh”

I bet that “you tube” video is blocked from viewing in her office ;-)

E9RET on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Nonsense. If anything this bolsters Perry’s conservative cred.

Vera on August 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Noah bate and fish rothman on the shore again.
Just skip his stuff.

gracie on August 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

He won’t answer you. He drops these turds on HA and then runs like a Crissy Hayes. Kind of favors him too.

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Noah is more of a bed-wetter

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

And Chrissy is definitely a bed-wetter.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

That is awesome. Let’s see how many dims want to line up to defend that crazed cow.

Southernblogger on August 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

bartbeast on August 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Lolz! Sows ears into silk purses. ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Confirmed: Noah Rothman is an idiot. If everyone agrees that the indictment is utter BS – and by everyone I mean the NYCT, WaPo, David Axelrod, Alan Dershowitz, Jonathan Turley, etc. – then this will make him a rock star. On the other side, you can point out that the Dems wasted time and money ona frivolous, hyper-political prosecution/presocution in naked attempt to criminal political differences.

I’ll also point out here that most experts agree that Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority – an impeachable offense – and yet it’s the GOP that will be hurt if they try to impeach him. Then when the Dems go off like this, it still hurts the GOP? C’mon.

rcpjr on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

You’re 2 for 2 with that post.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I hope he’s wearing a huge sh1t eating grin in that mugshot.

stvnscott on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I agree. You may remember that Tom DeLay smiled in his mugshot; the analysis at the time was that the mugshot wouldn’t be a boon to the Democrats. I think Perry should do the same.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Or, lemons to lemonade, if you prefer.

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Isn’t what he did the definition of Abuse of Power?

everdiso on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Nope. The DA should clearly have resigned, but she refused. Thus, Perry exercised his power as governor to veto funding to a group she headed, as he knew it wouldn’t be used well. Perfectly constitutional.

To say what he did was Abuse of Power would be like saying if the House of Representatives defunded programs Obama liked, then they’re being unconstitutional, when in fact they would be exercising the exact powers they are given.

RblDiver on August 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

A presidential candidate who submits to the law – even when its stupid.

I think that’s a pretty good campaign slogan… Don’t you?

Skywise on August 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Send out side by side copies of Perry’s and Lehmberg’s mug shots.

n0doz on August 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Not to get too hubristic here, but…

Two millennia ago, the Judean authorities wanted to humiliate a rabble-rouser with the most demeaning and cruel punishment their Roman overlords could provide. How well did that work?

DominusNovus on August 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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

What total and utter bull shite. I’m not sure how viable Perry is as a national candidate but conservatives can see this for what it is even if the author of this ridiculous piece of inanity is hoping otherwise.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

A bold assertion with a stack of history against it, and nothing offered to support it. Not your best work, Noah.

Arnold Yabenson on August 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

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