There's nothing like a good old fashioned sanctimonious politician patting him or herself on the back after trudging through a budget debate. In the end, there are the usual self congratulatory back slaps and comments while highlighting that the battle was worse than Iwo Jima.
Republicans right-wing ideologues campaigned on pounding the state back into the 19th century and they followed through. In red Carteret County, Norm Sanderson didn't miss an opportunity to exalt his contribution(s). Quoted in the Carteret News Times, Sanderson made his case while emphasizing the trials and tribulations, necessary to move government completely backwards; "N.C. budget details entrails emerge"
“There was considerable differences in the House and Senate budgets, but I think we more than came back to the middle. It comes back to the art of compromise.”
On teacher pay and tenure, Sanderson attempted to brush off factual evidence in regard to the repercussions of his and others' like minded votes. Essentially it was "let's keep Oregon Inlet open" (which is not even in his district) but to hell with the teachers.
So the question remains. Will Carteret county voters continue (historically) to vote against their own best interests?