McCrory vs Tillis on the role of government

An ideological chasm, or election year posturing?

Democrats are holding their political convention in the urban landscape of Charlotte, North Carolina, which is studded with more than $800 million worth of public projects that wouldn’t exist without local Republicans. “That’s kind of ironic, isn’t it?” McCrory said in a phone interview yesterday. “I’m not hearing my name mentioned, but that’s OK.”

Of course it's okay, since you're trying to conceal your "government sponsored growth" past from all the anti-government zealots barking from the GOP's back yard. If you want to make them wag their tails, you have to speak their language:

"When they do talk about solutions, they're just talking about more government solutions,” said North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. “That's not sustainable, we've seen it over the past few years.”

Maybe you should ask Pat McCrory how many years something has to work before it becomes sustainable:

McCrory, 55, spent his time as mayor urging public investment in infrastructure, especially in the urban core locals call uptown Charlotte that is the center of convention activity. Companies with headquarters in the city, including Bank of America Corp. and Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), supported the city’s efforts, which occurred as the population grew by 48 percent to more than 711,000 during McCrory’s tenure, according to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

McCrory’s willingness to spend public money on major construction projects runs counter to the rhetoric from national Republicans, who say government needs to be smaller and spend less money.

“We ignore one of our best presidents ever, and that’s Eisenhower,” he said, referring to Dwight Eisenhower’s creation of the interstate highway system. “Obama had a chance to be a Roosevelt-type figure with infrastructure, but he failed miserably.”

You better hope those zealots infecting the GOP base are too busy listening to each other rant to actually hear what you say, Pat. Because it sounds like you're saying Obama's New New Deal didn't spend enough money on infrastructure. Which is probably true, since the President also had to help states like North Carolina pay their teachers and such.

I have a feeling the upcoming debates between Dalton and McCrory are going to give Myers Park Pat numerous opportunities to alienate his base...



Given all the hits you've made on McCrory over the past year or two, I was wondering when you'd wake up to the fact that he's more progressive than a lot of Democrats in this state. Republicans who pay attention know this. Unfortunately for Dalton, a lot of them don't, and a lot of Independents also think McCrory is a righteous dude. Probably too many to offset the number of conservatives who are going to vote for Barbara Howe.

Being more progressive than a lot of Democrats in this state

is the very definition of faint praise. But you need to remember, you're talking about the old McCrory, the pre-Etch-a-Sketch McCrory.

The new McCrory ... aka Mitt McRmoney ... has shredded everything the old McCrory believed in. Science. Local autonomy. Abortion rights. Personal freedom. City and regional planning. Investment spending. Transit.

If that old Pat McCrory were running today, he'd have to be running as a Democrat.

You may be right, but it may

You may be right, but it may well be that McCrory like Obama, Romney, et al., will say whatever it takes to get elected. Remember that the only things we've seen McCrory DO, not simply SAY, were as Mayor of Charlotte. Be that as it may, and not meaning to deliberately change the subject, but I have to ask....Republicans had their own embarrassing floor fight in Tampa last week...why do you suppose it didn't get as much press coverage as the God and Jerusalem debacle in Charlotte? It was basically the same thing dressed up differently....establishment players ignoring the rules to marginalize the delegates.