From the Raleigh News and Observer today.
Rob Christensen writes:
Which brings me to the conservative fantasy – being flogged by Pope, Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republicans: That there is a vast Democratic conspiracy to take them down.
Never have the Democrats had less clout in North Carolina. They have lost control of all three branches. The state Democratic Party is in disarray. The party’s sources of money have dried up. No new leaders have stepped forward. It’s best response so far has been getting arrested – a tactic traditionally reserved by the powerless in societies.
Ok I can agree with most of his political assessment, and I am not a Christensen fan. Here is his bottom line conclusion:
So there we have it. The Republicans in power in Raleigh could not possibly want a smaller government. They are merely puppets of megalomaniac billionaires.
There could not possibly be any legitimate criticism of cutting off unemployment benefits or not extending health insurance. It is a left-wing plot to “eviscerate” the state’s elected leaders.
We have gone from political polarization to paranoia. Pitiful.
Ok, so now the doctor is in and his diagnosis of the GOP: paranoia. The War on Women and the War on the Poor is all about "small government." The doctor has spoken. Must be true, right?