This is Texas, after all, so it's hard to say whether an indictment is seen as a detriment -- or a sign to close ranks and protect Perry against the evil Austin liberals:
Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."
Showing no hint of worry on his face, Perry flashed a thin, confident grin beneath perfect hair in his mug shot – then headed to a nearby Austin eatery for ice cream, even gleefully documenting his excursion via Twitter.
The Republican, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was indicted after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. He has dismissed the case as a political ploy, and supporters chanting his last name and holding signs – some declaring "Stop Democrat Games" and "Rick is Right" – greeted him upon arriving at a Travis County Courthouse in Austin.
"I'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail," Perry, 64, said before walking inside the building, where he set off a metal detector but didn't break stride, heading straight to a first-floor office to have his fingerprints taken and stand for the mug shot. In it he's wearing a blue tie but shed the glasses that have become something of his trademark in recent months.
James Moore thinks he'll be convicted. Here's why.