Even Liberals Defend Rick Perry from Contrived Charges

Rick Perry has been indicted on charges that could mean the rest of his life in prison. But even liberals are finding the indictment so frivolous that they can’t bring themselves to support it. As Colin Campbell wrote for Business Insider,

Although some Democrats are calling for Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) resignation after he was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, a number of left-leaning observers immediately panned the allegations as unimpressive.

Perry, an expected presidential candidate in 2016, is accused of “abuse of official capacity” and “coercion of [a] public servant” by publicly threatening to zero out a state prosecutor’s funding and then actually doing it. Several pundits, including former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, Clinton and Obama administration alum Jonathan Prince, Vox’s Matt Yglesias, and New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait, wrote on Twitter they couldn’t see what the big deal was.

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