Analysis: Perry and the Threat That Boomeranged

A Travis County grand jury is deciding whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law trying to sink a prominent Democrat or merely offended his detractors with a brazen demonstration of hardball politics. If that panel of citizens thinks he broke the law, he could be indicted and tried. If they don't, add a new verse to the Ballad of Rick Perry. Either outcome figures into his future, as the 2016 presidential race begins to loom in political conversation.

The inquiry started with the state budget — a piece of it, anyway — and whether Gov. Rick Perry stepped over the ...

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