Gary Pearce has interesting thoughts today about the box canyon surrounding our erstwhile Deputy Assistant Governor.
Pat McCrory looked this week like a man urgently pushing the reset button. Like a politician who desperately wants to change course before he goes off a cliff. So first he talked about teacher pay. Then he praised Jim Hunt. Then he was at the airport greeting President Obama, then in the audience listening to the President’s speech. While other Republicans bashed Obama, McCrory talked about a partnership with the White House ... But three people stand in the way of a reset: Aldona Wos, Phil Berger and Pat McCrory.
I respectfully submit that there are at least four people standing in the way, and possibly five.
John Skvarla, the bull in the DENR china shop, is North Carolina's next big crisis waiting to happen. His irresponsible actions are already stirring talk of legal challenges on multiple fronts, and it's going to get a lot worse once he reaches stride. And when Skvarla's turn is over, look for Sharon Decker to step into the crisis cross-hairs with a flurry of scandals resulting from the privatization of Commerce. That's already in play, too, with a battle royale brewing with the legislature.
Sadly, Pat McCrory has stacked his administration with people who hate government at their core. By definition, they lack the stewardship skills that are part of public service. Add to that volatile mixture his thin skin and stubborn streak, and you have a hapless figurehead with nowhere to turn.