. . . finds itself on the Perry indictment. Our local newspaper, which hates Rick Perry the way MSNBC hates Fox News, is all in. String'im up!
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But other progressive and liberal newspapers -- USA Today, the Washington Post, even the New York Times -- and honest liberals all across the fruited plain are . . .
. . . running for the hills.
Editorial, "Is Gov. Rick Perry's Bad Judgment Really a Crime?" nytimes.com, August 18, 2014. [Bad] political judgment is not necessarily a felony, and the indictment handed up against him on Friday -- given the facts so far -- appears to be the product of an overzealous prosecution.
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[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 way, but for that kind of political activity to become criminal requires far more evidence than has been revealed in the Perry case so far. . . .
The Times is right on the big issue but wrong on an important detail. The problem here is not lack of evidence. It's the lack of a crime. Imagine any set of facts you wish. Governor Perry still had the power to veto the disputed item in the budget -- for any reason, for no reason, with or without a prior threat -- all without being guilty of any crime. Accuse him of lack of style, if you wish, or quarrel with him on policy. But trying to throw him in prison for these things, if that's what you believe, reflects rather more badly on you than on him.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz calls himself a "liberal Democrat who would never vote for Rick Perry," but he's still "outraged over the Texas governor's indictment Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion. / The charges are politically motivated and an example of a "dangerous" trend of courts being used to affect the ballot box and politics, he told Newsmax on Saturday. [Mr. Dershowitz is a Newsmax colominist.] / "Everybody, liberal or conservative, should stand against this indictment," Dershowitz said. "If you don't like how Rick Perry uses his office, don't vote for him."
The city of Houston, Texas -- a city built on the solid foundation of common sense and infected by a healthy dose of common decency -- has the misfortune of being "served" by a newspaper that lacks both.