If you want to understand the difference in the two competing sides in the current debate over the crisis afflicting 45,000 unemployed North Carolinians and their families, check out the videos from the respective press conferences of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and the Senate and House Democratic leaders, Martin Nesbitt and Joe Hackney. And don’t just listen to what they say, listen and watch how they say it.
Though under control, Hackney, Nesbitt (and House Deputy Minority Leader William Wainwright) display a fairly thinly-veiled anger and frustration. It’s clear that these men care about these suffering people and are disgusted that the House and Senate leadership have decided to hold their lives hostage to a completely unrelated political objective. You can watch their event here courtesy of WRAL.com.
Meanwhile, in stark contrast, Senator Berger practically yawns his way through the discussion of the unemployment issue. If you didn’t know what was at stake, you’d think the man was discussing a contract for a new sewer system. You can watch the excerpts at the bottom of this post by Mark Binker of Capital Beat and the Greensboro N-R. All in all, a remarkably disheartening and illuminating performance.