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In this “family disagreement,” McCrory sure ain’t the godfather

Pat McCrory 5A new talking point has emerged in recent days as right-wing pundits and commentators have struggled to describe and respond to the decision of a conservative Republican General Assembly to utterly disregard two vetoes issued by a conservative Republican governor. According to the spin, the dispute is a “family disagreement.”

In this narrative, legislators and the Governor are just pals quibbling over details and Gov. McCrory has “gotten almost everything he asked for” since taking office in January.

Hmmm.

The undercurrent driving this new spin, of course, is that Gov. McCrory has been anything but the top banana in state government over the last eight months. On issue after issue, leaders of the General Assembly have set the agenda, called the shots and just generally treated the Guv like hired help. Indeed, one can make a pretty good case that even Gov. Bev Perdue had more influence on state government during the last two years of her term that McCrory has had.

Yesterday’s veto overrides in the House only served to reinforce this undeniable situation. Both of the Governor’s vetoes were overridden by large margins. On one measure, the Guv only mustered three Republican votes for his position — three!!!

And the House was supposed to be McCrory’s best body. The Senate is the one with which he had the roughest time throughout the session and the one who’s Finance Committee chair publicly dismissed the Governor as someone who didn’t have any “real business experience.” 

Perhaps the Governor has an ace up his sleeve and today’s votes in the Senate will go a different way. Perhaps.

Common sense tells us, however, that this is extremely unlikely and that, unless McCrory figures out a way to alter the political dynamics in Raleigh soon, the Guv is likely to remain the ignored and picked-on kid brother of the Raleigh conservative political “family” for the foreseeable future.

7 Comments

  1. Alan

    September 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    McCrory is an empty suit. Maybe this governor stuff is just too difficult for him to understand?

    The GOP must be real proud of the Teabag Klan they created that’s running NC right now.

  2. Rev. Carl Johnson

    September 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Pat “Fredo” is an empty suit and a ONE AND DONE governor. People thought he was a moderate. They now realize he was so incapable of making a decision either way, that he appeared moderate, when in fact, he is clueless. What a sad reflection of the types of legislators and executives that have been elected in NC!

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    September 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Well, that is a good thing. Having differing views even among the same party is nothing new. It is the democrat party that is historically run in the “machine” model so you guys must not be used to the spirited debate.

  4. gregflynn

    September 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    A mistake you consistently make, LyinTalkinSmakDoug, is implying that any criticism of a Republican means wholehearted defense of every and any action of the Democratic Party since its inception. The NC Justice Center and NC Policy Watched existed before Republicans came to recent power, and will exist after they leave, to fight for progressive causes, social, political and economic justice in NC, and to eliminate systemic barriers to achievement of the American Dream, regardless of the party in power.

  5. Kathy B

    September 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t think for a minute that he actually cares about the bills that he vetoed. This makes for easy and cheap political theater during campaign time. He can claim to care and have vetoes the bills but was there any question to any of you that they were going to be over ridden? I don’t think so.

  6. Alan

    September 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Another insightful comment from LayDowntheCrackPipe. And its the Democratic Party, not the Democrat Party. Your reflexive defense of EVERYTHING the GOP does shows you to be the troll that you are.

    “Spirited debate”, you can’t possibly be serious? Seriously, who on earth feeds you this nonsense?

  7. david esmay

    September 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Alan, LSD has to put in a lot of overtime rationalizing, justifying, and defending the endless number of bad ideas, lies, debunked republicon myths, and failed policies of right wing conservatives. It’s just one bad trip after another in the GOP clown car.