McCrory’s embarrassing comments

Pat McCrory 4As I wrote on Tuesday morning, Governor McCrory’s inaugural speech on Saturday seemed to provide at least an inkling of promise for semi-moderate governance from the state’s new chief executive. Rather than far-right red meat of the kind that one might have expected from a man elected by groups like Americans for Prosperity and Pope Civitas Action, the speech was a study in sober, moderate Republican rhetoric of the kind McCrory probably heard as a child of the midwest in the 1960’s.

Unfortunately, moderate Mac didn’t last very long. Today, the Governor quickly swerved hard right with an embarrassing and extreme set of comments regarding the President’s new weapons control proposal. According to John Frank of Raleigh’s News & Observer,  the Guv said the following on a Triangle-area radio show this morning:

“What happened to all we were going to talk about was the economy? I think we have plenty of gun laws on the books. Let’s work with the laws on the books. We don’t need any more laws. You are only getting more people to buy new guns. This is foolish.”

These comments are simply outrageous and, to use McCrory’s word, “foolish.”

First of all, what gun laws, Pat? Which ones aren’t being enforced? And if they’re not, what are your plans to do something about it?

Second, are you really saying the President of the United States should not address one the most horrific tragedies in modern American history and should, instead, stick to the economy only? Are you really saying that to propose a law endorsed by Ronald Reagan is “foolish?” If you are, you can’t be serious.

Finally, if some troubled souls are buying more weapons in response to the new proposals as you state, are you implying that this is a bad thing? If so, isn’t that a contradiction of your pro-NRA position? Wouldn’t that be a good thing from the pro-weapons perspective you seem to be trying to embrace?

This last comment, in particular, seems to reveal an interesting truth about McCrory: The man wants to act like a right-winger and play one on TV (or radio), but he’s really not very good at it and it clearly doesn’t come naturally.

Let’s hope that in the days and weeks to come he realizes this, ditches the far right shtick  and stops embarrassing himself and the state by pretending to be something that’s not in his heart.      




  1. Dr. Roger Hartley

    January 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    NC rated 1 out of 4 stars by Brady. Among weakest laws in nation.

  2. Frank Burns

    January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    What really struck me as embarassing was Obama surrounding himself with a human shield of children when he presented his gun control plans. It seemed really bizarre and evoked memories of tyrants on the international stage who did the very same thing, such as Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Mao, Stalin and Hitler.

  3. James Protzman

    January 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Comment deleted

  4. James Protzman

    January 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Actually, my comment wasn’t deleted.

    This is just my way of taking my mom’s advice of not saying anything at all if I can’t say something nice.

    I used to think banning ignorance online was an effective strategy. Now I see that it’s better to let it remain highly visible for all to see.

  5. david esmay

    January 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I call Dunning-Kruger effect on Frank the Simple. What strikes me as embarrassing is that Frank is totally oblivious to the fact that even after he’s been mercilessly ridiculed time and again for absurd and inane comments, he continues to make them. Another fine example of the advanced stage of his Repubmentia.

  6. Rob Schofield

    January 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    We are communicating with Frank about this latest comment. Stay tuned.

  7. lh goveia

    January 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Another in a long line of Republicans who cannot seem to figure out what side of the fence they are on,or for that matter that there even is a fence…But they are consistent from the Speaker of the House on down to Govenors of states….Maybe being consistent can be the republican platform for the next presidential elections…..lol

  8. Chris Patrick

    January 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    It would be nice if gun rights advocates would quit lying— they don’t want the laws on the books enforced and have gone through extremely perverse lengths to keep them from being enforced. At the rate things are going public opinion will sway toward repealing the Second Amendment, and after the NRA put the First Amendment in its sights one week after Newtown I’m perfectly fine with the Second Amendment being repealed.

  9. Gene Hoglan

    January 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Don’t get on Frank’s case too hard; he’s just parroting the junk he hears on Fox and the radio. He’s a useful contributor, informing everyone what the current party line is on any issue.

  10. judi

    January 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

    1) what did happen to the economy as a primary concern? when’s the last time a person with a full time job started shooting the public? people cant afford to buy toilet paper, meds or food- economy is always going to be more important to people who are struggling

    2) the support services for mental health were designed to spot and prevent dangerous situations, they have been defunded to extinction.. How many of the rampages are coming from untreated mental illnesses? Wouldnt it make more sense to treat those first and prevent incidents , rather than legislate away any sharp or dangerous objects to minimize the harm they would do?

    3) there is the legal issue of legislating with executive orders …. doubt you would be delighted if romney could have written legislation himself without any checks and balances.

  11. Frank Burns

    January 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Beware of limitations on free speech.

  12. wncgirl

    January 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Yes Frank I was banned from art Pope’s Civitas for using facts not propaganda… now about that free speech thing… Pope pays for all of NCs nutwings to speak -how very patriotic of him.and all he got was control of our budget for 40 million

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