Pat McCrory is starting to resemble that proverbial house guest who you semi-reluctantly invite to spend a night or two and then find yourself unable to evict from your spare bedroom: he takes up space, time and energy, contributes little to nothing to the household, is enamored of his own reflection and supposedly brilliant insights and is willfully blind to your cues that it’s time for him to hit the road.
The latest evidence of this tremendously frustrating reality can be seen in the outgoing governor’s futile and destructive decision to file a bevy of protests against local election results compiled by the people he appointed.
Earth to Pat McCrory: You lost the election. Yes, it was close, but not that close. The margin is over 5,000 votes and growing. It’s not going to turn around for you no matter how much you stomp your feet and/or hold your breath. After four years of weak, indecisive, ineffective and uninspiring performance in the state’s highest office, the least you can do is show just a tiny measure of class and dignity in your departure from Raleigh.
Unfortunately, by all appearances, this will not be the case. McCrory appears bent on clinging desperately to the job voters have uninvited from holding (and the all but nonexistent power and influence he wields therein) until the keys to the Governor’s Mansion are pried forcibly from his straining fingers.
In other words, McCrory is going out just like he came in and as he has served: as an ineffectual, high maintenance, low impact politician who sucks out far more positive energy from the polity that he contributes. Let’s hope that sometime very soon he finally, at last, wakes up and confronts and comes to terms with this reality.
It’s probably best, however, not to hold one’s breath.