Most people have now heard about the NC GOP mutiny against Thom Tillis in the failure of House bill 1224.
Why couldn't Tillis corral his Republican caucus? He rules through fear and intimidation, and it's rare that his party colleagues cross him.
Well, perhaps the very gerrymandering that put him in his position of power also cost him the ability to get what he wants when the stakes are high.
“[Tillis] is one of the most criticized speakers in modern times and, because of redistricting, does not hold the same degree of power over caucus members through controlling huge amounts of campaign money that people need for reelection,” [Meredith College political science expert David] McLennan said.
So the very act that ensures that the GOP can exert minority rule with impunity, because so many legislators are not accountable to voters, also happens to ensure that those same legislators are not accountable to Tillis.
Let the crocodile tears flow.