There will be a lot of looking back and trying to determine what went wrong in the election of 2016, if Republicans do not maintain the majority in North Carolina’s General Assembly over the next four years.
Incoming Governor-elect Roy Cooper has already signaled that it is his desire to raise taxes back to pre-McCrory levels, suffocating recovery in the Old North State, and the sizable surplus McCrory helped build will be blown on leftwing policies of failure and waste.
Unfortunately, it appears that Republicans, looking to punish McCrory for what they see as a few political missteps early in his administration, may bear a lot of blame for McCrory’s loss, just as surely as Democrat corruption (which there appears to be a lot of).
Toll roads along I-77, north of Charlotte, cutting of incentives for the movie industry in Wilmington, and a smattering of other decisions by McCrory, as he barreled through the excesses and taxation that had crippled the state under Bev Perdue, rubbed a few of his base supporters the wrong way.
Was McCrory perfect? Of course not. If you’re looking for a perfect politician, who meets and conforms to your own idea of governance perfectly, you’re going to be faced with a long and tiring road of disappointment. McCrory was, however, effective, and the policies he backed and signed off on worked for North Carolina, in a big way.
The stiff-necked, one-issue voting Republicans of Mecklenburg and New Hanover will likely be the first to complain about job loss and over-taxation. I’m willing to bet that they will also be oblivious to the fact that their “revenge vote” gave us another Democrat governor, and by default, turned this thriving state over into the hands of George Soros and a lot of outside fringe groups, who have no vested interest in the well-being of North Carolina’s citizens.
Frankly, if you voted for Donald Trump, but did not vote to keep Pat McCrory as governor, you deserve utter ruin. You’re obviously too obtuse to appreciate the importance of looking at the fiscal and social health of the state, as a whole.
For your feckless, faithless, aiding and abetting of liberal Democrats in bringing down the best governor the state has had in many decades, you deserve the fate of those areas that keep voting Democrat, even as they sink into ruin and poverty.
In four years, if Mecklenburg and New Hanover counties look like Detroit, I won’t shed a single tear for them.
Is that harsh?
Yeah, I don’t care. Elections have consequences and when Republicans in the state are so slow witted that they would put their personal angst over a toll road on I-77 (which did not do damage to the health of the state, overall), or cutting of some incentives to the movie industry in Wilmington (You’re not going to get your big break as an extra on “Dawson’s Creek” or whatever!), over the well-being of the entire state, they deserve to be ripped.
For his part, Governor McCrory has maintained a bold face, giving about as hopeful and as classy a concession speech as could be imagined.
Possibly with good reason, too.
On Wednesday morning, Governor McCrory arrived at Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Trump about a potential job with the incoming administration.
On to bigger and better things, an opportunity he would not have if he was still serving as governor.
A source close to McCrory said McCrory could be in line to become director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or to be named to a top-level appointment at the Department of Energy or the Department of Transportation.
Say, Mecklenburg County, wouldn’t McCrory taking over the Department of Transportation on the federal level be a kick in your teeth?
As of now, there’s nothing decided and all is just speculation. That being said, the man has a weighty resume, and would prove more than competent in just about any upper level cabinet position.
I personally wish him well, and while I’m no fan of the incoming president-elect, I will cheer on the addition of men like Pat McCrory to the Trump administration.
You deserved better after four years of what was nothing short of a spectacular governorship, Governor McCrory. If the people of North Carolina don’t recognize it, here’s hoping you find your reward through higher office.