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From a message point of view, the rollout of McCrory 2.0 was a mess – and a missed opportunity for the Governor.
 
McCrory might have heeded his “mentor” Jim Hunt and called for a sustained three-year effort to raise teacher salaries to the national average.  Instead, he vaguely promised some kind of pay raise for this year only, gave no details and refused to endorse Hunt’s plan.
 
Whew! Democrats dodged a bullet.
 
Instead of a bold, focused stroke that seized public imagination and reshaped the political landscape, McCrory opted for a multi-themed “2014 PrioritiesPalooza!”
 
He offered a laundry list of government-speak: teacher pay raises (for some teachers), fracking and offshore drilling (gee, what could go wrong there?), revamping Medicaid (ditto), fixing DHHS, reining in puppy mills, less drugs and alcohol on college campus (but more guns), nicer state government buildings and “art on the move” (paintings, not Pope).
 
The choreography was odd. He, his Cabinet and senior team sat around a table in the ornate Executive Mansion, with an elaborate chandelier looming behind the Governor. From one camera angle, he was in front of a plush love seat that looked like a throne.
 
For Democrats, McCrory offered up a smorgasbord of political targets. But, most of all, they’ll say he’s not doing enough to get teacher pay out of the national basement. And they can say his happy talk about the “Carolina Comeback” ignores people who can’t find jobs and can’t make ends meet.
 
Then there was his somewhat baffling question: “Is DHHS too big to succeed?”  Well, it’s clearly not too big to fail.
 
In the end, the whole production mattered very little. Only one thing does: What does Senator Berger want?
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dap916
# dap916
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:20 PM
I see that meeting hit a nerve with ya, Gary. Truth is, it was pretty damn good and his presentation was pretty damn good and his ideas and direction for North Carolina is pretty damn good. That's just GOTTA hit you in the gut. So, here you are posting your standard anti-McCrory rhetoric. I do give you kudos for one sentence, though. I mean, this really had a ring to it: "Instead of a bold, focused stroke that seized public imagination and reshaped the political landscape...". I'm betting you read that a few times and said to yourself: "man, now THAT was a beautifully phrased remark if ever there was one". hahahaha

You're saying McCrory offered up a bunch of political targets for democrats to go after. Gary, if McCrory passes gas, that's a target that democrats are going to go after. So, that was kind of silly.

One thing is for sure. McCrory is going to continue to be a mover and shaker in North Carolina and is going to expend vast amounts of energy traveling the state to talk to people and to get companies to come here and to get companies already here to expand. He's energetic, he has a plan and he's focused on many different fronts....and you hate that about him...all because he's a republican. So much of what he's working on your party and your party's leadership just didn't take the time and energy to correct. That's just a fact. It just is.

He's not Jim Hunt. Hunt was governor eons ago. You were in the know and in the clique eons ago. It's a different state now. Get current, Gary.
dap916
# dap916
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:23 PM
I see that meeting hit a nerve with ya, Gary. Truth is, it was pretty damn good and his presentation was pretty damn good and his ideas and direction for North Carolina is pretty damn good. That's just GOTTA hit you in the gut. So, here you are posting your standard anti-McCrory rhetoric. I do give you kudos for one sentence, though. I mean, this really had a ring to it: "Instead of a bold, focused stroke that seized public imagination and reshaped the political landscape...". I'm betting you read that a few times and said to yourself: "man, now THAT was a beautifully phrased remark if ever there was one". hahahaha

You're saying McCrory offered up a bunch of political targets for democrats to go after. Gary, if McCrory passes gas, that's a target that democrats are going to go after. So, that was kind of silly.

One thing is for sure. McCrory is going to continue to be a mover and shaker in North Carolina and is going to expend vast amounts of energy traveling the state to talk to people and to get companies to come here and to get companies already here to expand. He's energetic, he has a plan and he's focused on many different fronts....and you hate that about him...all because he's a republican. So much of what he's working on your party and your party's leadership just didn't take the time and energy to correct. That's just a fact. It just is.

He's not Jim Hunt. Hunt was governor eons ago. You were in the know and in the clique eons ago. It's a different state now. Get current, Gary.

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