Laughable Indictment Could Actually Help Perry in 2016
Today, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry had to suffer the indignity of turning himself into local law enforcement on absurd charges that he abused his office.
The upshot is that this whole politically motivated affair is very likely about to end without any further dents to Perry’s public image.
In fact, it might even help him.
The water cooler version is that the Democrat who runs the state’s Public Integrity Unit got mad that Perry vetoed funding after she served jail time for drunk driving and refused to resign. Apparently, an Austin-based grand jury thought that was enough to issue two felony indictments for abuse of power.
No serious person who has actually looked at Texas law thinks this will stand up in court. The case is so bad that even liberal pundits are taking…[more]
Of all the people to feel sorry for in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in Boston, members of the United States Senate surely don’t even merit inclusion towards the bottom of the list.
The carnage that played out in one of America’s great cities was the sort of achingly poignant tragedy that makes talk of pedestrian politics seem simultaneously small and crass. No one was shedding any tears for camera-hungry Congressmen who lost airtime to the most dramatic act of terrorism within the nation’s borders since 9/11.
Now that the week of trauma is behind us, however…
"Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is under renewed scrutiny for potentially violating campaign finance laws by tapping official Senate funds to cover the cost of fundraising trips. A review of Landrieu’s office expenditures and campaign records reveals two trips from 2012 that may have been improperly billed to her Senate office rather than her reelection campaign. ... Both trips…[more]