Thom Tillis: The very definition of a chickenshit opportunist

Listen up, asshole. Your career as a fancy consultant and squeaker of the NC House in no way qualifies you to even have an opinion about what our Commander in Chief is doing in military matters. And just because ALEC gave you some convenient talking points doesn't mean you have to use them.

It is disturbing that President Obama ignored the significant concerns of the Pentagon and Justice Department and agreed to release five top Taliban terror leaders without consulting with Congress. This is a glaring reminder that the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Harry Reid and Kay Hagan, has consistently failed to be a check and balance over the Obama administration. These freed terrorists will now be able to rejoin terror networks and inflict more harm on innocent Americans. The American people deserve answers and accountability from the Obama administration for breaking longstanding policy against negotiating with terrorists. The President’s job is to defeat terror networks like the Taliban, not to legitimize or negotiate with them.”

I wish I could find more genteel words to express my opinions this morning, but your cowardice and sniveling comments have me at a loss. Fuck you, Tillis. You are an opportunistic prick.


Dear Thom Tills....

Do you have any opinions on the Reagan arms for hostages deal?

The correct response

goes something like this, Thom:

The United States never leaves one of our people in uniform behind. When a window of opportunity arose to bring a captive soldier home, our Commander in Chief made a difficult decision and as a patriotic American, I support him. The thing we all need to keep in mind is that Sgt. Bergdahl is free. We can talk about learning opportunities later. For now, let's all band together as Americans and support our military, including the Commander in Chief, and welcome our soldier home.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Well put

It's remarkable how easy it would have been to do the right and honorable thing. Instead, Tillis did what Tillis does best: posture, position, divide and conquer.

I'm no big fan of Kay Hagan, who is far too conservative for my tastes, but I am going to do everything in my power to stop Thom Tillis from getting elected. Despite all his skills in navigating the cesspools of politics, he is really nothing more than pond scum. A gross and evil person who can see nothing more important than his own ego.

Political Discourse

Wow, and we wonder why they don't take us seriously. Political discourse should never reduce to the level of Ad Hominem attacks. Let's win by showing them that we are better than them, not by acting like adolescents and calling them names.

Elections are coming up fast, let's double up our get out the votes, let continue showing up at our house on mondays (Thank you Rev. Barber), and in the upcoming election cycle, let's vote them out and take back our state.


It's easy to get frustrated with what we're seeing in Raleigh.

I don't think it's out of line to call Thom Tillis an opportunist in this case - I would go further and ask if the Tillis campaign is coordinating with the national Republican political strategists that have been the main drivers behind managing and pushing the Bergdahl story or if he's just parroting talking points he heard on Fox News this morning on his way into the office to assist in the systematic and deliberate rape of North Carolina's taxpayers.


Hey Teddy, I was referring to the original post, which resorts to swearing and lewd name calling not to the reference of the man being an opportunist. No argument from me that the man is an opportunist.

If you thought that...

... calling Tillis "chickenshit" was lewd, you should hear how I refer to him, Pope, and Berger when I'm having my morning coffee and reading the WRAL website.

Not to put too fine a point on it

But it is an interesting conversation.

According to the comments, "opportunist" is fair game, but "chickenshit" isn't? I'm confused. Both are accurate descriptions of a man who is on the record as wanting to divide-and-conquer the people of our state, and who will use any tactic he can to do so. Medicaid, Obamacare, decimating teachers, and worse. That's the very definition of opportuniist: whatever presents itself for political gain, he'll use it.

At the same time, Tillis has been exemplary in his ability to run for cover in the face of actual conflict. He refuses to see or meet with anyone who disagrees with him. He is trying to run away from his record as fast as he can. And he's willing to use a veteran who served in Afghanistan as a convenient pawn for posturing.

As a nine-year Navy veteran and special forces liaison with 2nd ANGLICO, I say "chickenshit" may be the most benign descriptor of this armchair warmonger.

Tillis runs from conflict

He even rescheduled legislative sessions, which are typically held on Mondays, to avoid Moral Monday protesters. As a result, he kept all the House members late on Thursday. Many of them have long trips home.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


Sometimes the only appropriate response to someone being a chickenshit opportunist is to call them out without equivocation.

This is not an ad hominem attack, it is a sharp-edged comment about the character of a person who aspires to one of the highest offices in our country.

If this is what it takes to trigger a conversation about who Thom Tillis really is, then so be it.

Higher Road

My only point in commenting is that for whatever the man has done or whatever he stands for, it does not justify our acting like children and being rude. I do believe that his political actions are fair game and should be highlighted to show our fellow North Carolinians, that this man is destroying our great state, however, we should not resort to attacking the man by calling him an "asshole". Our parents taught us better than that, and I work everyday to teach my children and grandchildren that we are better, let them show that ugliness. Please do not confuse my message, I do harbor discontent for his policies and his party and I will for however few years I have left to work relentlessly to ensure that he does not win that US Senate seat but I refuse to lose my composure and allow this man to drag me into a fight of inconceivable political discourse.

As a Korean War Veteran ('49-'52), I can only hope that that young man is learning about the struggles of our state and maybe, just maybe, he is trying to talk some sense into Thom.


Perhaps it's a sign of the times, but after a decade of blogging, I see no evidence that the approach you're suggesting has any effect on people's opinions and actions.

You're making an assumption that logic and facts are enough to carry the day. Given the sorry state of affairs on so many fronts - gun violence, the war on women, stunning levels of poverty, continuing degradation of the environment, the decimation of public schools - it's hard to make the case that reason prevails.

At my old age, I feel I'm nearing the point of going postal. I can only hope there are millions of others at that same breaking point. I believe that is what it will take to foment the kind of action we need.

I get your point, and used to be a strong advocate for it. Today I feel we may need to shock people into alarm.

I'm not sure I'm doing that in any effective way, and I'm certainly open to different points of view. If you stick around long enough, you'll see that my personal approach is somewhat mercurial. Most of the time, I am mostly reasonable and measured. But sometimes, I simply cannot stomach the actions of those who have been elected to represent us. This is one of those times.

Yeah, I was going to say

something about watching polite messages/diaries scroll off the front page without much activity, and how the "shock" effect can draw a lot of attention, but it really is a personal preference thing.

As writers, we constantly weigh the effects of individual words on our prospective readership. Is this too much? Is it not enough? Communication is a work in progress. But the only really "wrong" way to do it is to not communicate at all.


I agree with being polite, but firm and clear. And humor can help.

I do think you need to realize that logic, reason and facts don't matter to many voters, particularly conservative voters. They respond to emotion and how things make them "feel".

Republicans spew "lazy welfare queens", "taxes" "terrorist" or even "liberal" as if they were four letter words describing excretory functions.

For far too long, Democrats have kept themselves cool and unemotional, relying on "just the facts" to get points across.

If liberals want to get anything done, first they have to feel mad enough and determined enough to do something about it. If a few epithets get thrown around and abused during the process, so be it.

Times have indeed changed

I can see how it is easy to get frustrated and upset, especially in politics (probably why it has been said for generations, not to discuss politics and religion). I guess my day of politics is gone. Thank you for your commentary.

Changing and not changing

Republicans were just as impolite about Roosevelt and Carter as Democrats were about Nixon or Reagan, but you wouldn't see them using that kind of language in a newspaper or on the radio or television.

A blog is like a conversation on your local street corner, neighborhood bar, or local barbershop. Sometimes it gets a little rowdy.

There's a time and a place for everything. Hagan probably shouldn't call Tills a "chickens**t", at least in public, but here on the street corner, we need to let off a little steam once in a while.