One of the chief distinguishing characteristics of the curent legislative leadership is the hyper-cynical, “ends-justify-the-means” brand of politics it practices. Whether it’s Speaker Thom Tillis’ public admission of his “divide and conquer” strategy or last month’s “midnight madness” session, the current legislative leadership will do and say pretty much whatever it takes to get its way.
Rep. Ray Rapp of Buncombe County reported at a forum in Asheville last night that he had counted 35 instances this past year in which the House Republican leadership had “called the question” (i.e. shut off debate) on the House floor. This is compared, he said, to seven times that Democrats in the House had taken such a step in the previous four years.
Given this backdrop, it’s no surprise that conservative leaders (and the assistants acting in their names) would feel free to turn their Twitter accounts into fonts of false propaganda. Who would bother to call them on it – right?
Fortunately, while most of the misleading tweets do go unchallenged, Raleigh’s News & Observer provided an important public service this morning by challenging one particularly noxious and dishonest tweet from the office of State Senate president Pro Tem, Phil Berger on the subject of the Racial Justice Act.