I've commented on this already, but it's nice to see the mainstream media crawling out of their shells long enough to smell the stench of Republican corruption and incompetence:
If you wondered why North Carolina gets so little out of Washington, here's a clue: The people we send to Congress rarely amount to much.
With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress and with a Republican in the White House, you'd hope that Republican Sen. Richard Burr would rank higher than 94th out of 100 senators in the Congress.org Power Ratings. Of course, Burr is new and relatively unknown, even though he had years of experience in the House of Representatives.
By contrast, Elizabeth Dole is famous, popular, a former presidential candidate and in charge of finding and promoting Republican candidates for the Senate. Yet she ranks below average: 56th.
Over in the House, North Carolina's most powerful Honorable, Republican Charles Taylor, ranks 23rd in power despite ranking ninth on another list - of the most corrupt members of Congress. Come to think of it, he probably ranks 23rd in power because he ranks ninth in corruption. Sue Myrick, the Charlotte Republican who's said to be interested in running for governor, ranks 280th even though she's been up there for years. Even some Tar Heel Democrats rank higher.
Not that the 7th District's Mike McIntyre is among them. He clocks in at 357th. Apparently being well-liked back home doesn't impress his colleagues.
In population, North Carolina ranks 11th among the states. In power in Congress, we rank 44th. Of course, that's not really the fault of the people who represent us up there. It's the fault of the people who elect them.
Perhaps he ranks 23rd in power because he also ranks 9th in corruption? Sounds about right. Couldn't have said it better myself.
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