A 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.
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.