LEADERSHIP VOID: Referee McCrory overwhelmed (Greenville Daily Reflector column) -- Gov. Pat McCrory looks like a professional wrestling referee. For that he can thank House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and their efforts in the past two weeks to restrict access to abortion in North Carolina. With both men eyeing a battle for the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate nomination, North Carolina’s chief executive is issuing unheeded threats, ignored at the center of the ring and shoved aside when big boys start fighting. … In this match, many spectators see not drama or entertainment, but damage to North Carolina, this state they love. They foresee harm to women, who, in the debate’s twisted logic, would be denied reproductive options in a faux effort to protect their health. When giving voice to those fears, they are cleared from the legislative galleries and arrested each Monday. If only they had a champion in this fight, someone who promised on the campaign trail to intervene in these very circumstances. If only there was someone who, by his office, has the authority to take control of matters and who pledged to offer a moderate’s voice.