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Perry Charges “thin but clarifying”

August 18th, 2014 - 8:36 am

I figured Salon would be the first major publication to find a writer willing to defend the trumped up “charges” against the Texas governor for using his constitutional veto power — but no, it was The New Republic and Alec MacGillis.

But regardless of how strong the charges against Perry are, it is worth noting how fitting they are. Put simply, the case against Perry points to an aspect of his political persona that is well known in Texas but has too often been overlooked in the national portrayal of Perry. On the national stage, Perry is alternately depicted as a hardened ideologue—the states’ rights gunslinger who openly flirted with secession—and as a bumbling buffoon who watched his high-octane 2012 presidential campaign flame out in a moment of debate-stage befuddlement. Both of these caricatures miss Perry’s essence. As I argued in a 2011 profile of him for this magazine, Perry is both more conniving and less ideologically-motivated than the national perception of him would have one believe. He is, at heart, a political operator and a striver who has wielded the many levers of power available to him as governor of the second-largest state less to advance a coherent conservative agenda than for his own aggrandizement and that of his cronies.

Criminal!

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"He is, at heart, a political operator and a striver who has wielded the many levers of power available to him as governor of the second-largest state less to advance a coherent conservative agenda than for his own aggrandizement and that of his cronies."

Strange to see Salon praising him like that.
17 weeks ago
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The New Republic doesn't like Perry because he has an R in front of his name, and they have to tribalize their own D, therefore no one with an R can be allowed to stand. It's not about the validity of the charges against Perry, it's about how TNR and their ilk can rule through intimidation and media control.

Dear TNR: You will have my permission to die only after Perry is done with you.

18 weeks ago
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"He is, at heart, a political operator and a striver who has wielded the many levers of power available to him as governor of the second-largest state less to advance a coherent conservative agenda than for his own aggrandizement and that of his cronies."

Of course he has. He was originally a Democrat. They just don't like that he is using their own playbook against them. (And I say that as a Perry voting Texan.)
18 weeks ago
18 weeks ago Link To Comment
TRUTHINESS!!
18 weeks ago
18 weeks ago Link To Comment
When you're a (drunken) Liberal with a hammer, every problem looks like a Conservative kneecap.
18 weeks ago
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"He is, at heart, a political operator and a striver who has wielded the many levers of power available to him as governor of the second-largest state less to advance a coherent conservative agenda than for his own aggrandizement and that of his cronies."

Well, all right then!
18 weeks ago
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In other words, since the accusation is baseless, we must instead consider the seriousness of the charge. It seems to me that we've seen this movie before, and we all know how it will end. Governor Perry will be completely vindicated immediately after his political career is officially over, meaning right after someone else wins the GOP nomination.

The real question should never have been whether Rick Perry was justified in using his veto authority to cut the funding off for a partisan group selectively singling out Republicans for career ending harassment, but why was it ever funded to begin with?
18 weeks ago
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If a partisan Democrat attack on Perry is the thing that knocks him out of the primary, then Republicans have only themselves to blame for it. I hope he's knocked out because of his dopey and unprincipled political behavior.
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