August 29

Drew Griffin and CNN’s “The Situation Room” ran a remarkably fair segment on the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  Members of the mainstream media don’t do Republicans many favors, but in this case, their presentation of what led to the indictment is powerfully presented and a real net-plus for Perry.

The video of surly, drunk Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is so over the top that television producers must find it irresistible.  The CNN commentators can hardly suppress their giggles.

Anyway, CNN’s coverage of the whole affair exposes what a farce the indictment is and makes plain why the charges against Perry should be summarily dismissed.  I’m sure CNN didn’t mean to, but the segment also sheds light on how the Democrats would govern if they are ever in power in Texas. After all, prior to her arrest, Lehmberg was widely regarded as the most powerful Democrat in Texas.

The harm the indictment saga has done to the Democratic Party of Texas – weak as it is already – has gone underreported.  But at the risk of repeating myself, there is no doubt that the indictment has contributed to Perry’s resurrection and rehabilitation on the national stage.

 

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Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.