McCrory’s national reputation takes a beating

Pat McCrory 4As the national news and opinion stories about North Carolina’s recent disastrous policy turns (especially the decision to terminate federal emergency unemployment benefits) pile up, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is not good news for any political aspirations that Gov. Pat McCrory might harbor.

While conservatives will dismiss stories in the New York Times, Time, the BBC and various national magazines as merely the work of the “liberal media,” the plain truth is that no one is going to develop any kind of positive national political profile with such coverage. Oh sure, McCrory can — like Scott Walker before him — win the plaudits of Fox News and the Washington Times, but that is simply not going to cut it in the long run with the bulk of the mainstream national political establishment. This is especially true if, as has been the case, McCrory is continually portrayed as the lapdog of Art Pope and the Koch Brothers.

Now, all of this may be academic — like both Mike Easley and Bev Perdue, McCrory has never really given the impression that he possesses the requisite intellectual heft or political gifts to be a real national political player — but it’s also clear to anyone who has paid any attention at all to the ambitious former Charlotte mayor that he’s thought about it and has aspirations. Stories touting him as a “Republican to watch” were easy to come by after his electoral victory last fall.

Now, however, after six months of being kicked around by a legislature of his own party and several absurd, reactionary and unpopular policy gaffes (not to mention the fact that he remains essentially invisible in the state capital), it’s already becoming quite clear that North Carolina’s long, post-Jim Hunt run without a governor of any meaningful national profile will continue for the foreseeable future.


  1. Doug

    July 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    “win the plaudits of Fox News and the Washington Times”

    When you are winning the plaudits in the media sources people actually watch/read then that is what counts. Have you seen the ratings of Fox vs. PMSNBC vs. the local news? Only the “liberal/progressive elite” read the outlets you listed, not your typical NC resident…..so your premisee is correct that it is the work of the MSM. Guess we will see in a few years when Pat comes back up for re-election. It is actually the people of NC who count in this PR war.

  2. david esmay

    July 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Faux News, the only media source that sued on the grounds that what they do constitutes entertainment and therefore they are not obliged to tell the truth. That’s a real feather in McTool’s hat.

  3. Doug

    July 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the useless comment goober may-may. As inane as ever!

  4. Doug

    July 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  5. David

    July 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    This “article” sounds like another blueprintnc talking point memo

  6. Ann Wood

    July 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    The real governor of North Carolina has not ever been on the ballot; Art
    Pope. King Pope bought the legislature, and the governor. Until citizens
    are willing to try to get reliable information about candidates Democracy will just be an idea, not a workable entity. How do we feel about having an unelected, wealthy corporate person running our lives and writing our legislation?

  7. david esmay

    July 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    D-bag, unimaginative puerile, but consistent.

  8. Frances Jenkins

    July 3, 2013 at 3:44 am

    This is all part of the Bluepoint Plan and Rob is helping to carry out the plan.

  9. Seth

    July 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    @ Doug

    Respectfully, Doug, you make the mistake of equating viewership of news channels to the wants and wills of NC residents but they’re not one in the same. Just because one news network has higher rating than another doesn’t mean that the “side” the station unofficially endorses is “winning”.

    I’m not sure if you’re from NC, but public servants are being thrown under the bus here. NC has always been a conservative leaning state, but by in large the republicans in the Legislative Building have usually been fair and decent to state employees, the poor, and minorities. Small counties and towns don’t need lots of governing and in many ways If the constituency of a state is mostly conservative with mostly conservative needs, their representatives should carry those sentiments to session. But that isn’t what’s going on.

    Big money donors like Art Pope (the Koch Brothers are common in Raleigh now) have bankrolled the campaigns of representatives who, in turn, have adopted a blanket party-line which is generally MUCH more extreme than anything we’ve faced here. NC politics aren’t representative now: they’re ideological… Cut spending NO MATTER WHAT. Refuse to work with Democrats NO MATTER WHAT. Re-draw voting districts to ensure election victories.

    Obviously, I don’t know you, but I’m generally of the opinion that most folks are reasonable, so I assume you are too. So if I told you that currently North Carolina ranks 46th in spending on teachers and 48th in spending on students, I assume you’d think “gee, that’s pretty low.” Further if I threw in the fact that we’re the 10th largest state in the Union, I’d assume you’d think “OK, that’s REALLY low”. Even without looking at specifics, if I asked you if it seemed that the state should cut an additional $100 million from education, I’d assume that you’d at least be given pause by the notion.

    Here’s my point: who do you know that would say “heck yeah! let’s stick it to teachers even more!”? Surely you know a teacher or two. If you had the power, would you squeeze them more? I assume not. Most people wouldn’t. Most CONSERVATIVES wouldn’t.

    But there’s a party line being followed in Raleigh that’s a lot different from what most citizens want. Laws are being churned out with zero regard for public opinion. Amendment One was passed so rapidly that over 60% of voters didn’t realize what was being voted on (civil unions for opposite sex couples, for example).

    Anyway, Doug, I hope this didn’t seem like a personal attack. It’s OK if you disagree with my views, but please take a closer look at the forces behind NC politics. Things have changed rapidly and our state politics are less democratic because of it. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what constituents our representatives are representing…

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