Free Rick Perry

By Rich Lowry


It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy. Perry was indicted for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill. That Perry could, in theory, face more than 100 years in prison stemming from this veto is so mindbogglingly stupid that even Democrats and mainstream journalists have been taken aback. The whole matter has its roots in the drunken-driving arrest last year of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat.
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