Gov. Rick Perry (Rodolfo Gonzalez/AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Associated Press)

Jonathan Chait at New York magazine blasted the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) as “unbelievably ridiculous.” Ari Melber of MSNBC deemed the Friday legal action as “very weak on paper.” Big Democrat David Axelrod called it “pretty sketchy.” So, I’ll let them speak for me on the serious issues involved in Perry’s political and legal fight over Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

I want to draw your attention to something else. The moment I saw Lehmberg’s picture and saw some of the video clips, I instantly thought of “Saturday Night Live” and a hilarious video short with actress Melissa McCarthy. First, take a look at the compilation video of Lehmberg as she went through the booking process after her arrest on drunken-driving charges last year.

Now, here is McCarthy on the Feb. 1 “SNL” as a fictional congresswoman named Sheila Kelly of Delaware. This skit was done in the days after Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) thuggishly threatened physical violence against New York 1 television congressional reporter Michael Scotto for asking tough questions.

Aside from grabbing at officers, Lehmberg isn’t violent like the volatile “Kelly.” And the closest Lehmberg comes to having a gun is when she points her fingers gun-like at the video camera. Perhaps it’s because “Kelly” and Lehmberg resemble each other a little bit that I thought of the “SNL” skit. Given the grim news out of Ferguson, Mo., I appreciated the chuckle.

 

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Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.
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