The Beast’s list of the Fifty Most Loathsome Americans of 2009 is out. Normally, this wouldn’t count as a Texas story except look who snagged the coveted Number Five Spot. . .
5. Rick Perry
Charges: Perry is to justice what Jeff Dunham is to comedy. When the Texas Forensic Science Commission began reviewing the flawed ‘91 arson case against Cameron Todd Willingham, who was wrongly executed in 2004 for the murder of his three children, Perry responded by replacing 4 of the 9 Commission members with capital punishment enthusiasts to boost his electoral stock. He also riled his benighted base with the kind of secessionist rhetoric that would only seem hypocritical if Texas accepted federal stimulus money, which Perry decried, and hey, he only took $17 billion.
Exhibit A: “Texas is a unique place. When we came in the union in 1845 one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decide to do that.”
Sentence: Lethal injection.
Who could be even more (or slightly less) loathsome than Old Thirty-Nine Percent? Lookee here.