Art Pope

The N&O today profiles The Man Who Would Be King, a sad story dripping with more irony than god should ever allow in print. Here's the bottom line. In order to save North Carolina from corrupt Democrats, Art Pope is staging a hostile takeover of state government, thereby making the Legislature a wholly owned subsidiary of Variety Wholesalers.


My original headline

was "Fuck you, Art Pope." Which pretty much sums up what any civic-minded American should think about the Puppetmaster. I changed it in the interest of being a family friendly website.

I'm sure you agree with this article

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Ah yes

It's the old "Hey, it's legal" defense.

Art Pope will soon be a pariah. Decent people everywhere will steer clear of him like they would steer clear of a leper. Those who don't steer clear will be tainted by his ugliness.

He is a bottom feeder of the vilest sort.

But did you like the story?

I thought it was pretty well done.


Christensen is a fawning Pope fan, and this story proves it. If he'd wanted a hard-hitting and critical perspective on the Puppetmaster, he would have called me or Chris Kromm.

The article is reminiscent of his "Knight on the right" story from a few years back. It portrays Pope as a folk hero, a David fighting the mean old Democratic Goliath. The truth is, Pope is nothing more than rich white guy, born with a silver spoon up his ass, who believes in his own sick version of the golden rule: the person with the most gold rules.


I see what you are saying. Since I already knew the background, I guess I filled in some blanks/perspectives myself.

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