Posted by LibbyShaw
Texas Governor Rick Perry must be blinded by arrogance to believe that he could actually shut down and cover up an investigation and no one would notice. A politician would also have to be completely overcome by an over sized ego to do so during a primary contest.
Last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews interviewed Samuel Bassett, former Texas Forensic Science Commission Officer about the Todd Willingham case.
OK so Perry did not like where this investigation was going and so, as only a dictator would do, he shut it down. And now we also know where the fake, self-serving “moderate” Kay Bailey Hutchison stands on barbaric medieval practices. We already know where she stands on ginned up wars and a deregulated Wall St. KBH voted with W. over 90% of the time. Princess Sparkle Pony may have made a brilliant tactical political move, at least according to Slater, but she also revealed her true colors as anything but moderate.
Earth to Perry: as hard as you spin, rail and cry, the execution of an innocent man on your watch ain’t going away. And Kay, hell will freeze over before this liberal would ever in her dreams vote for the likes of you. You squarely belong in the deather box right there along with Dictator Perry and your beloved W. who is responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqis. For? Please do remind us.
Scott Cobb over at The Burnt Orange Report has been providing exhaustive and outstanding coverage of this issue. Please click on the link to see how you can get involved with ongoing efforts to abolish the death penalty. Now that we know Texas has executed an innocent man, never has the case been stronger to eliminate this barbaric medieval practice.
This morning in the Houston Chronicle, Lisa Falkenberg wrote a sobering commentary about Rick Perry and the Todd Willingham execution.
Perry’s right that Willingham was nobody’s poster child.
The fact that he was a “bad man,” that he beat his pregnant wife, that he’d been convicted of low-level crimes, that he was fond of expletives, might have been enough, even a month ago to sow doubt about his innocence or simply deflect attention from the case of such an unsympathetic figure.
But the story isn’t just about Willingham anymore. It isn’t just about guilt or innocence. It isn’t even about whether Perry did his homework before allowing Willingham’s 2004 execution.
It’s about whether Perry is purposefully trying to subvert the law in Willingham’s case, and potentially obstruct justice in countless other arson cases that could benefit from the commission’s review, all for political gain during a hotly contested primary.
And the case looks clearer every day.
Also also today The Huffington Post reveals that Perry called Willingham a monster.
Though Willingham was certainly a monster if he beat his pregnant wife, he should not have been executed if he did not kill his children.
Professor Bob Stein of Rice University weighs in on the political ramifications of Perry’s coverup.
I don’t think it’s extreme to say it’s a fight for the hearts and minds of the Republican Party.
I beg to disagree with Professor Stein. This is not a fight for the hearts and the minds of the Republican Party. This is about covering up the execution of an innocent man for purely political reasons. Perry obviously doesn’t care about the wrongful death of an innocent man. He, a typical Republican, is driven by his own ambitions and agendas.
But fortunately for Texas, all of the good hair and handsome looks on the planet won’t make Perry’s coverup go away.