Well, it’s good to see that the folks on Right Wing Avenue — the folks whose “think tanks” and corporate lobby brigade have had our government under their collective thumb for decades — are at least keeping things in perspective when it comes to the re-election of the President.
Pat McCrory may be North Carolina’s Governor-elect and a hyper-gerrymandered legislature may be solidly in conservative hands, but there was one man who was the biggest winner in the state last night and his name is Art Pope.
The chain store magnate and failed politician of the last century has clearly become the single most powerful figure in the North Carolina political world of the early 21st Century. Through the steady application of boatloads of cash and an incessant drumbeat of fear-based messaging from a multi-tentacled propaganda machine, Pope has emerged as the state’s de facto boss. Read More…
Here’s a rather interesting reminder of the remarkably monolithic nature of the right-wing echo chamber: The North Carolina Family Policy Council – a group that claims to be ”a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of the family and traditional family values” — has apparently decided that the phony, conservative talking point issue of mandatory photo ID for voters is now one of its isues.
How else to explain this new 500 word “special report” on the subject that the group went to the trouble of posting on its website and tweeting out this afternoon?
What’s next — trying to make support for regressive, pro-plutocrat tax policies a “family value?” Oh wait, that’s right, they already tried that too.
Next thing you know, a local “libertarian” group will be featuring offensive anti-choice rants.
If only the local “libertarian-free market” think tanks had the courage to embrace the entire libertarian agenda rather than simply using the label as a convenient cover for what almost always ends up being a defense of far right conservatism.
For instance, national Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was in Durham yesterday and had this to say according to the Durham Herald-Sun:
“I am the only candidate who does not want to bomb Iran,” he said. “I am the only candidate who would get out of Afghanistan tomorrow. I am the only candidate who believes that marriage equality is a guaranteed Constitutional right. I am the only candidate who wants to end our drug wars now and legalize marijuana now.”
For some reason, however, neither the Lockers or the Civitasers or Americans for the Prosperous has yet to offer up any glowing reports on this comment or the general Libertarian support of keeping government at bay when it comes to private, personal behavior (much less some sort of effort to favorably contrast President Obama and Governor Romney on these issues).
A temporary replacement for former state lawmaker Stephen LaRoque was appointed last week and according to this story in the Kinston Free Press, she seems likely to offer quite a change in style, if not political ideology.
“Kozel is the board chair for Eastern North Carolina Home Schoolers and is the director and co-founder of the Eastern N.C. Tea Party. She is a mother of 13 children and is married to Dr. William L. Kozel of Kinston.”