There’s an old adage from the world of law that goes like this: If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, pound on the law. And if neither the facts nor the law is on your side, pound on the table.
Pat McCrory has quickly resorted to pounding on the table in his attempt to defend the new state discrimination law he signed under cover of darkness last week.
As summarized in the post immediately below by Clayton Henkel, the Guv is lashing out at critics and, in the tried and true tactic of troubled and embattled politicians everywhere, blaming the news media for his problems.
Unfortunately for the Governor, this tactic isn’t going to work. Having been prodded and dragged into this giant mess by ideologues in his own party, McCrory is now quickly emerging as the fall guy on the national scene for the disastrous special session and the state’s latest bottom-of-the-barrel assault on common sense and decency. Indeed, if ever McCrory harbored any notions of further advancement in national politics (admittedly, it was always a long shot anyway), those hopes have pretty clearly been dashed once and for all by the latest fiasco and his utter inability to manage the matter (or even to coherently and credibly explain his position). Other cities and states are already implementing bans on travel to North Carolina.
The best path going forward? Cut your losses Governor. Convene a panel of review, meet with business leaders and call for lawmakers to repeal the new law and disavow the whole thing. You can just say that you and they got carried away with good intentions and confess that you screwed up. It’s going to happen sooner or later anyway. Why not get ahead of things for a change and on the right side of history?
As the Winston-Salem Journal noted this morning in an editorial calling for such action, it will also be in your own political best interests:
“This isn’t the first time the legislature has wasted taxpayer money on a bill that constrains local government. No doubt some legislators hope to campaign on the hot-button issue. Their opponents will do the same, pointing to their wasteful and discriminatory attitudes.
This law may feel good to the GOP leadership now in the warmth of spring. But November will be here before they know it, and it could be a cold one.
The GOP leaders should rescind House Bill 2, if for no other reasons than it will cost them votes and the state money.”