posted on March 18, 2013 10:04
A TAPster and veteran of the Raleigh scene says “undoing” and “recycling” are the GOP trademarks thus far.
Last week, he noted: “The GOP focused on un-doing the deal on the Dix property, un-doing the state’s renewable energy policy and un-doing other done deals like the death penalty moratorium.
“In their zeal to remake the state in their own image and undo what Democrats have done, they fail to articulate or implement a coherent strategy about what they want to do.
“One theory is the lack of leaders and leadership skills within the GOP. The GOP legislative leaders were on the back row when Dems ran the legislature and certainly didn’t learn much from the back row.
“Also, the majority of legislators are in their first two terms, and many of the newcomers have little or no political experience. They never served on city councils or county commissions where they would’ve learned to prioritize and compromise, and would’ve learned tolerance of those who disagree.
“This leads to the current state of things: a GOP with a to-do list that only includes un-doing.”
Then the TAPster notes the Republicans’ recycling:
“They’ve recycled a garbage truck full of old pols, including Art Pope and Jim Gardner, who now spend their time angrily getting even with Democrats and Democratic programs.
“Another recycled product came this week when the McCrory administration plopped Dale Folwell into the role as head of the Employment Security Commission. It’s unclear if Folwell is qualified for this task, but it’s clear he’s a former legislator, a flunky for Thom Tillis and a failed candidate for lieutenant governor.
“Legislative insiders recall that Folwell is so clear and focused on his mission that he famously changed his vote on a bill two weeks after the bill passed the General Assembly. And, Republican voters themselves made it clear they didn’t want him in politics with his rousing third-place finish in the primary election for lieutenant governor.
“Republicans had better learn not to mix their recycling with trash or they’ll all be on the curb when the big green truck comes through the neighborhood in the next election.”