When liberals are not getting their way, or the general writhing and spitting of leftists, it tends to be a good thing for decent humanity.
In the case of Governor-elect Roy Cooper, of North Carolina, the contentious battle between the good people of the Old North State and the liberal left (along with the reprehensible turncoat Republicans that helped them) has yielded much blood on the political field. And it’s not over.
Overall, the GOP enjoyed victory, but still suffered the devastating loss of Governor Pat McCrory.
Voter fraud left unchecked and feckless Republicans swept a lazy, ineffective Roy Cooper into the Governor’s mansion, but he knows he didn’t really win.
Gov.-elect Roy Cooper has vowed to keep his campaign promises to bend back the rightward course of the state. But with only a 10,000-vote victory over GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and bitter partisan distrust in this deeply divided state, he’s already slipped along the rocky path he must walk to work successfully with the legislature. And Republicans will maintain veto-proof majorities in 2017.
“My future negotiations with them are certainly going to have to be instructed by this,” a somber yet angry Cooper told reporters last week after the deal to repeal the law known nationally as the “bathroom bill” collapsed.
He didn’t mention the part about the deal falling through because of A) the Charlotte City Council attempting to secretly short change the state General Assembly by only repealing one-third of their awful ordinance, rather than the entire thing, as initially agreed upon, and B) all the Democrats that voted against the repeal (something HE, himself, recommended) bill offered, causing it to fail.
Considering the faithlessness of the liberal Charlotte City Council, in holding a secret, closed-door meeting to decide how best to go back on the deal to repeal their ordinance (which started the whole mess), it’s laughable that Cooper or any of the state’s Democrats should expect Republicans in the General Assembly to trust them.
Only after the news broke and it became known that the entire deal to repeal HB2 was in jeopardy did the Charlotte City Council reconvene and carry through with what they initially agreed to – which was to repeal in total the ordinance.
“There’s a complete lack of trust between the legislative leadership and Cooper at this point in time,” longtime state Democratic consultant Brad Crone said. “That does not bode well for an incoming governor.”
Missing out on ending House Bill 2 – which also directed transgender people to use bathrooms in public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate – prompted finger-pointing between Cooper and legislative leaders. It would have been a major accomplishment to repeal a bill that has been blamed for job losses, canceled concerts and sporting events, and staining North Carolina’s reputation.
“I think Roy Cooper did everything he could to sabotage a reasonable compromise,” said Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.
Cooper shot back: “My mom and dad used to tell me that when you sat down and looked somebody in the eye and told them something you should keep your promise, and clearly they have not done so.”
That last part was for the Charlotte City Council, right, Coop?
During what turned into an all-day battle, Republicans finally agreed to a repeal the bill, but because of the shady operations of the Charlotte City Council and Durham Council members boasting of their plans to enact a similar ordinance of making their bathrooms and locker rooms anything goes zones, they included a 6-month “cooling off” period to the repeal bill.
No matter how fraudulent, faithless, and conniving, even if caught in the act, they want others to just ignore it and let them get by with anything.
In truth, Cooper sabotaged the first attempts at repealing the bill back in September 2016, because he and state Democrats wanted to use it as an issue in November.
Now, he and state Democrats have sabotaged it, again, not because the idea of waiting six months for the repeal to take effect is too much, but because of special elections in 2017, and the midterm elections in 2018.
It really is all politics and the outrage is nothing more than one more political tool.
Even as lawmakers held special sessions, the board of North Carolina’s private nonprofit tasked with luring companies to the state – now filled with appointees from McCrory and the legislature – passed a bylaw change that will make it hard for Cooper to put his board choices on quickly.
The bad blood with lawmakers could portend Cooper’s difficulties to follow through on other campaign platform planks, such as accelerating public education funding and shifting tax burdens away from the middle class. He’s also vowed to preserve voting and abortion rights, after Republicans passed laws in 2013 scaling back early in-person voting and extending the abortion waiting period to three days.
McCrory and the Republican-led state legislature already took care of public education funding and lifting the tax burden from the middle class. Cooper will likely take credit for that.
As for the rest of his vile plans, which translated to true-speak mean: make voter fraud more prominent and easier access to the genocide of unborn children, then the harder Republicans make it on him, the better.