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Not like Ike: Pat McCrory cementing national reputation as Tea Partier

Pat McCrory 4Governor McCrory likes to think and talk about himself as an “Eisenhower Republican.” 

Now, given the Guv’s obviously superficial understanding of state and (presumably) national government, in his mind, this may simply mean that he wants to return our state to the the 1950’s.

We know for certain that it doesn’t mean he’s going to start lambasting the military industrial complex like Ike did or support a hike in income taxes (American marginal income tax rates peaked during the Eisenhower administration).

Presumably, however, what McCrory is trying to convey is that he’s a nice, genial, country club conservative who’s not a complete extremist like his second in command (i.e. like the young Dick Nixon and Sharia law-hating Dan Forrest) or a certifiable conspiracy nut like some of the legislators he has to work with (think Joe McCarthy, the young Strom Thurmond and a bevy of current state lawmakers in North Carolina).

The problem with this particular narrative is that it doesn’t comport with the facts on the ground. Unlike Eisenhower, McCrory has yet to display even a hint of backbone in facing down the extremists. To the contrary, he is appointing them to office and signing their bills.

And, make no mistake, the folks at the national level have quickly figured this out. As this story on the popular national website Think Progress makes clear, McCrory is quickly establishing a national reputation as a Tea Party conservative in the ilk of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Florida’s Rick Scott. 

In short, absent some kind of real world demonstration of Ike-like moderation in the very near future, Pat McCrory will have already painted himself into a an extreme right corner of the political spectrum that will be very hard to escape going forward.

 

4 Comments


  1. johnb

    February 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    It may be that the sooner we get this over with the better. Let the people of this state find out who they really elected. Let the other shoe drop, etc. We know how damaging this administrations and Legislatures policies will be to poor people in this state. Let us make sure that they know who did it to them, that they are registered to vote, have picture id and get them to the polls.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Maybe in four years corruption will be removed from the Industrial commission, HHS,and the Department of Transportation,just a few to begin. I hope James and David will begin to drink moonshine to alter their mental state to a kind, gentle and reasonable people.They contribute to the rise on the right every day.

  3. jlp75

    February 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I think you are sorely mistaken. One group of corrupt politicians will simply be replaced with another in order to line a different set of pockets. You should also follow the national trends. While the right managed to dupe enough rubes in this state, nation wide the right appears to be on a downward slope. The fact that the economy is in shambles and the incumbent still won shows a vast majority of people in this nation have dismissed the right wing agenda. The house remained Republican due to extreme gerrymandering. The Democrats won the popular vote in the House yet the right still remained in control. This is against the will of the people. The NC legislature remained Republican due to extreme gerrymandering. McCrory won out of frustration with the past administrations. His lackluster performance out of the gate already has many people who voted for him questioning their decision. I predict McCrory will be moving back to Charlotte in 2016 and I would be more than happy to help him pack.

  4. Jack

    February 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    If people don’t believe that what is happening in the NCGA is corruption then they wouldn’t no corruption if came up to them and took over the government.

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