posted on September 05, 2013 11:14
The Governor climbed into the ring with the State House Monday morning and thirty minutes later he was lying sprawled flat on his back on the canvas then, the next morning, he climbed back into the ring – this time with the State Senate – and the same thing happened again.
Pat McCrory’s not down for the count and he’s probably not wobbly-kneed but getting whipped on two vetoes in less than thirty minutes each is a sign – like a low-grade fever – that somewhere beneath the surface something’s not right.
Of course, the Governor’s friends say sure he lost two votes but he also accomplished his bigger goal of putting some distance between himself and the smelly, cantankerous legislators – and there’s some truth in that but there’s no avoiding the bigger fact the cantankerous legislators also gave the Governor an education in who’s boss in Raleigh.
Had the Governor lost fighting for a noble cause, redemption would be waiting down the road but this thirty minute brawl wasn’t the least bit noble – it was an old-fashioned political tug-o-war over power and the Governor lost. He’s taken a hard but not a crippling blow – now the question is: Will the Governor rise from the ashes like a phoenix or does a low-grade fever turn into a heart attack?