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George Washington supposedly said the Founding Fathers created the Senate to cool House legislation just as a saucer cools hot tea.
 
In North Carolina, it looks like the House and Art Pope are cooling the Senate’s hot tea.
 
The House promised to take a long second look at the Senate’s boards and commissions bill. The House says it, unlike the Senate, will hear Governor McCrory’s concerns about the Medicaid/health care reform bill.
 
And in the most interesting story I found from when I was gone, Pope threw cold water on the Senate’s blazing hot tax-reform tea.
 
One-party rule notwithstanding, institutional imperatives will prevail. Houses and Senates are born to fight. So are legislatures and Governors.
 
And you can’t separate the institutions from their leaders’ ambitions. Speaker Tillis wants to run for Senate next year. So does Senator Berger, maybe. Their calculation: How do they position themselves for both a conservative Republican primary electorate and a moderate general election electorate? And how do they draw a contrast with each other?
 
McCrory has his own separate calculation: how to maintain the broad appeal that got him into the Governor’s office.
 
It’s instructive that Pope, not McCrory, raised doubts about replacing the income tax with a broad sales tax on services. That gave McCrory some distance from the fight. Plus, Pope can claim credit for Republicans taking control of the legislature.
 
Not that they’ll give him credit. When politicians win an election, as Carter once noted, they are firmly convinced they got there because of their own moral goodness.
 
That noise you hear is the sound of four egos and ambitions colliding.
 
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dap916
# dap916
Friday, February 08, 2013 3:53 PM
Interesting that Gary has presented here on TAP something Carter has said and supposedly believes twice now in the past few days. And, also interesting just how much Gary is following everything that is going on within the republican aparatus in our fair state. If he keeps this up, he could very well become one of the GOP's best historians....at least for the time period that began when the republicans took over the majority in the North Carolina legislature and, of course, the governorship. And, of course we all know that he's going to be very fair and open minded about how the republicans do since taking over from decades and decades of democratic rule in the state.

I read a statement recently on a conservative web site I'd rather not name that I really liked. I'm paraphrasing here, but the guy said that republicans know they're doing the right thing when they draw fire from the left.

Well, just about everything the republicans are doing right now in North Carolina is drawing fire from the left. From my perspective, that is an indication that they're doing what truly needs to be done for our state.

Oh, and all the posts against Art Pope? I've never seen so many cry babies in my life. Every time I read James Protzman from Bluenc.com say that Art Pope is really the governor and every time I read things like Gary has posted here about him, I grin from ear-to-ear.
Carbine
# Carbine
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:19 PM
The first rule of warfare is to know your enemy. Gary and the Dems have constructed an avatar of their Republican foes that bears little resemblance to the real thing. Now it appears that they have fallen into the trap they set for their own gullible followers--they've begun to believe their own lies.

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