Another day, another utterly absurd, “you can’t make this stuff up” release from the Pope-Civitas Institute. Today’s ridiculously obtuse entry: An attack on a Raleigh businesswoman tabbed by a group of business leaders to help lead their efforts to support public education because — shudder the thought! — she volunteered at one point to help the Great Schools in Wake organization that fought the re-segreation of Wake County schools.
It’s hard to know what measures higher on the insipidness meter:
a) the premise of the attack (it lambastes Brenda Berg because she did some work for Great Schools in Wake and that group attacked the policies of Republican school board members and promoted policies endorsed by some Democrats — Earth to Civitas: that’s what sometimes happens when you take positions on issues),
b) the delusional presumptuousness of one of the state’s most extreme, right-wing Tea Party groups lecturing anyone about who a group of smart businesspeople should hire to run their own group and whether or not that person can “unite the business community” or
c) the usual McCarthyist paranoia that this is all part of some vast pinko conspiracy (a claim that typically causes progressives I know to laugh out loud and say something to the effect of: “If only we were that organized!”).
The bottom line: Pope-Civitas (a group whose director serves, quite absurdly, on the State Ethics Commission) should stick to promoting the substance of its far right views on issues and spare us the cockamamie lectures about who the groups it opposes should employ – especially when the only basis for the lecture is that the person happens to have disagreed with them at some point.