Things in Texas have risen to the level of ridiculous.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has been indicted for abusing his power after refusing to fund an office within the Austin District Attorney’s Office. Why did he refuse to fund them? Because they were being led by an unethical and corrupt attorney who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). She was more than three times over the legal limit, and when she was arrested she harassed, threatened and assaulted the officers who were forced to deal with her.
Now her office has led the charge in indicting Governor Perry for the phantom crime of abusing his power (though under Texas law he has the right to line item veto funding). That’s right, the women Perry demanded either quit or lose funding is now using the public courts to trump up these ridiculous charges.
So how ridiculous are the charges?
They are so ridiculous that liberals are turning against the Texas Democrats leading the charge.
Harvard Law Professor and self-professed liberal Democrat Alan Dershowitz thinks the case is frivolous and damaging to our legal tradition.
“The two statutes under which he was indicted are reminiscent of the old Soviet Union — you know, abuse of authority. The idea of indicting him because he threatened to veto spending unless a district attorney who was caught drinking and driving resigned, that’s not anything for a criminal indictment. That’s a political issue.”
“Right now, we are seeing it. It’s beginning to spread. And that’s why it’s so important to put a stop to it now, and to say the criminal law is reserved for real crimes, not for political differences where a party in power or out of power gets revenge against the other party. That’s just not the way to use the criminal justice [system].”
Mark Halperin, the liberal author of Game Change (the book that slandered Sarah Palin on almost every turn of the page) was astounded that Democrats in Texas could be so stupid.
“This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in, I think, my entire career,” Halperin said. “I hope some judge throws it out right away.”
The Perry indictment is “an infringement on individual liberty,” Halperin added. “It is ridiculous that he was indicted for this.”
What does President Obama’s good buddy and campaign strategist David Axelrod have to say about this? He thinks it all seems “pretty sketchy”!
Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 16, 2014
Even the New York Times is now defending Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)… well, kind of. In a mostly backhanded defense of Governor Perry, they rip Texas Democrats for their legal tactics.
They also say ridiculous things like this: “Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America, having done great harm to immigrants, abortion clinics and people without health insurance during his 14 years in office. “ “Least thoughtful and most damaging?”That is patently ridiculous.
A little sidebar, if you please:
Governor Perry has been Governor of Texas for four terms. Texas didn’t just survive the national recession — they thrived during the recession. Texas created more jobs than any other state, Texas’ population boomed as people from all over the country moved there, the real estate market didn’t burst the way it did everywhere else! So for a newspaper from a state that is failing in almost every conceivable way precisely because it has followed the policies that the newspaper wants – their condemnation of Texas and Rick Perry is laughable.
Anyway, back to the broader point and the New York Times’ condemnation of Texas Democrats.
For more than a year, Mr. Perry has been seeking the resignation of the Travis County district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg. He had good reason to do so: Ms. Lehmberg was arrested in April 2013 for driving with a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit, and she verbally abused the officers who found her with an open bottle of vodka. She ranted and raved at the local jail, threatening sheriff’s deputies, and she had to be restrained in a chair with a hood over her head…
But his ill-advised veto still doesn’t seem to rise to the level of a criminal act… Governors and presidents threaten vetoes and engage in horse-trading all the time to get what they want, but for that kind of political activity to become criminal requires far more evidence than has been revealed in the Perry case so far.
Governor Perry is not going to take this attack lying down – and he’s already firing back. This is the reality of the situation…
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