What is the world is going throught the brain of House Speaker Thom Tillis? The man has proven again and again over the past several months that, anytime he has a microphone in his hand, he’s capable of saying something incredibly offensive, untrue or both. But as Clayton Henkel’s post immediately below makes clear, last night marks a new low.
To read the post and the story in the NC State Technician that it references is to feel as if you’ve stepped through the looking glass. Excuse me, Mr. Speaker?? Did you really say that?! You’re putting our state through months of divisive hell and doing your best to enshrine discrimination into our Constitution all so the next generation can repeal it?? What the heck?!
I mean, how cynical and shallow can a person be? This is the most important political leader in North Carolina? A man who treats our state Constitution and fundamental human rights as political footballs that he can manipulate for present-day political purposes??
The sad part about all of this, of course, is that it only confirms what most careful observers have long suspected. Anyone who has watched Tillis’ body language and listened to his previous comments about the discrimination amendment could tell that his heart is not really in it. He exudes discomfort when he talks about it.
But, as his vote for the darned thing and bizarre statement last night makes clear, he’s ready and willing to sacrifice his beliefs and what principles he has on the altar of perceived political expediency.
It is a remarkably sad state of affairs for our state.