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.