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The nullifiers can spin, but they can’t hide

That deafening sound you hear in Raleigh this morning is the right-wing propaganda machine whirring mightily to try to distance its political leaders from the nullification resolution signed by almost 20 percent of the Republicans in the House, including the House Majority Leader and a key budget writer.

House Joint Resolution 494 [1] calls for the creation of an official state religion and proclaims that North Carolina is not subject to decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. The absurd legislation prompted national ridicule and scorn and yesterday Speaker Thom Tillis announced [2] that the resolution was dead in the House.

Right-wing politicians and pundits have been frantically trying to downplay the incident, explaining the technical differences between a bill and resolution, complaining about the media coverage, even praising Tillis for his leadership in the killing the proposal.

One prominent think tanker decreed today that his organization, which has barely covered the controversy,  tends to “reserve our own reporting for issues of true public concern and significance.”

It seems pretty significant when a fifth of the members of the House Republican Caucus signs on to an official call for ignoring the federal constitution and the federal courts and establishing a state religion.

Expect the right-wing spin machine to stay in overdrive for a while and sadly some folks in the media are abetting the efforts of House Republicans to run away from their signatures.

The story in the News & Observer [3] this morning said that the “resolution originally had a dozen co-sponsors, but it did not get the support of House leadership.”

The resolution actually had 14 signers and the last time I checked the House Majority Leader was a key part of the House leadership, as were the folks in charge of putting the budget together.

They can try all they want to, but their support of George Wallace style nullification is now part of the public record and cannot be erased. But come to think of it, it’s probably a good idea to get a screen shot of that resolution just in case.