MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin joined the chorus of those criticizing the indictment against Texas governor Rick Perry. Last week, prosecutors argued Perry’s public comments that he would veto funding for a state public-integrity agency unless its head resigned constituted an abuse of power.
“This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in, I think, my entire career,” Halperin said on Monday. “I hope some judge throws it out right away.”
He continued to call the indictment “an infringement on individual liberty” against Perry’s First Amendment right to express himself. “It is ridiculous that he was indicted for this,” Halperin said
Host Joe Scarborough added that he thought ”there had to be more to this story” when he first saw the headlines, only to learn the accusations were weak.
Halperin and Scarborough are not alone in their assessment: As NR’s editors note today, even the likes of David Axelrod have called the indictment “pretty sketchy”; New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait called it “ridiculous.”