While prominent liberals including ThinkProgress, the New York Times editorial board, Jonathan Chait, David Axelrod, Timothy Noah, and others have all joined in giving a thumbs-down to the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Travis County District Attorney’s office seems determined to continue its pursuit of Perry. As a result, Perry turned himself in Tuesday and got photographed.
The good news is that the 2012 presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful remembered a simple but rarely observed rule for preserving one’s dignity while in the clink: ALWAYS SMILE FOR YOUR MUG SHOT!
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, has overseen an unusually robust era of prosperity and progress in the Lone Star State, but he has been indicted on abuse of power charges for withholding funds from the Travis County office after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign after video surfaced of her going on a rampage against deputies and being restrained during a drunk-driving arrest. Lehmberg, to put it mildly, does not believe in putting her best face forward while in police custody: