It’s hard to believe that it was just nine months ago that progressive editorial pages around North Carolina were endorsing Pat McCrory as a “moderate” who would effectively curb extremist inclinations of the state’s far right General Assembly.
Since that time, on issue after issue, the Guv has espoused, defended and signed into law ideas that are as reactionary and far-reaching as they come, anywhere in modern America.
Now, today, on a subject that seemed to be the last hope for “Moderate Pat” to show up and make a stand (the Charlotte Observer was praising his newfound backbone on the matter just 48 hours ago), the man has, sadly, folded yet again like a cheap suit.
It would appear that today – July 12, 2013 – will go down in history as the day on which any hope for the near-term preservation of North Carolina as a moderate and forward-looking state was officially cast to the wind.
At least folks will have no further illusions about where things stand.