Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nobody Died and Made Rick Perry King

Call it a liberal vendetta all you want. We still have a separation of powers.

By JASON STANFORD, Politico.com
August 18, 2014

Rick Perry does not need to worry that orange is the new black in Red State fashion, but not because his indictment is, as he claims, a “farce.” As much as the Texas governor would like to blame the two felony counts on a drunken prosecutor, he’s got serious questions to answer that could lead to his conviction. But, like Tom DeLay before him, Perry will never see the inside of a prison cell because Republicans have stacked the appellate courts in the Lone Star State. Politics won’t be his undoing but his salvation.

Those Texas Republicans—and even some liberal pundits—who don’t seem genuinely puzzled by the indictment are convinced that this is politics run amok, an attempt to accomplish in the courthouse what Democrats have failed to do at the ballot box. And they sincerely cannot fathom why Democrats would defend Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose vodka-fueled star turn on YouTube would scare Charlie Sheen into rehab. Isn’t Perry allowed to veto whatever he wants? Isn’t this a violation of the separation of powers?

At this point it might be helpful for the Washington punditry to take a deep cleansing breath, because virtually nothing they’ve heard from Perry and his legal team actually addresses the charges.

Perry can absolutely veto whatever he wants. That’s not the issue. And if he thinks this is a liberal vendetta, then Perry should explain why a Republican judge appointed Michael McCrum special prosecutor. McCrum once served in the George H.W. Bush administration, and in 2009, Sen. John Cornyn, who said the indictments smacked of prosecutorial overreach, nominated McCrum to be a federal prosecutor again in the Western District. For a Democratic conspiracy, there sure are a lot of Republicans in key roles.

(More here.)

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

Fake but accurate?

12:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Koch said...

More "Fake but accurate" logic from the left.

12:41 PM  

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