It’s hard to know what’s more pathetic at this point, Gov. Pat McCrory’s lame and inaccurate defenses of his LGBT discrimination law (HB2), his ridiculous efforts to blame his political opponents for the fact that the law is still on the books, or his new complaints about recent revelations that some of opponents were happy that companies and other actors were joining in the mushrooming boycott of the state and were (GASP!) trying to score political points over the matter.
In the latest chapter in the saga, McCrory actually deigned to speak to the news media yesterday for a change — this time to complain that recently leaked Democratic Party documents showed “the state of North Carolina, the City of Charlotte and especially small businesses were being used as a pawns by Roy Cooper, by the mayor of Charlotte and by the Democratic Party on an issue that was made up purely for political purposes and to raise money.”
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at such a ridiculous allegation. Maybe one should just shake one’s head in wonder at the remarkable quantities of gall the man seems to keep in reserve.
Think about it: Here’s a career politician who has been in elected office for the last two decades complaining that those opposed to his reactionary agenda on any number of vital issues are happy that others are joining their cause to roll back his destructive and discriminatory signature law and, while they’re at it, making some political points. This from a man who’s placed politics ahead of what at least seemed to be his principles at nearly every turn over the past three and a half years! You really can’t make this up. At this rate, the Guv will be blaming Democrats for his blatant decision to go back on his 2012 campaign promise not to approve any new restrictions on reproductive freedom for women.
The bottom line – No matter how hard he tries to change the subject and to distract with silly red herrings like yesterday’s claim, HB2 is McCrory’s law and it will continue to be. One could respect him a great deal more if he would own up to that fact and cease his constant efforts at political spin and blame avoidance.