Well, we finally know what Pat McCrory does well. He delivers a line. Watch his ad. You know, the one that’s not coordinated with his campaign? He delivers his lines flawlessly. I wish we could say the same about his promises.
In the ad, Pat McCrory is at a cocktail party with a bunch of old white people. He wanders through the crowd outlining all of his supposed accomplishments. He’s giving tax breaks that are creating jobs even though the unemployment rate is rising and people are leaving the workforce. He’s funding education at higher levels even though it’s lower than it was three years ago and per pupil spending is among the lowest in the country. He’s just making stuff up.
But really, we shouldn’t be surprised. That’s all he’s delivered–a bunch of lines. His promise not to restrict abortion was powerful, it just wasn’t true. His pledge to end cronyism sounded great on the campaign trail, but that was before giving inexperienced 24 year old campaign hacks $85,000 a year jobs.
But the most offensive line in the ad is, “We’re not just handing out checks anymore. We’re putting people back to work.” Ooof. That’s a gut-shot to anybody who lost a job during the recession and has been unable to find work since. For all his rhetoric, we didn’t hear a thing about a jobs program during this last session of the General Assembly.
To hear McCrory tell it, he’s been leading they way, fighting leaders in both parties and winning. But we all know the real deal. He got rolled by a legislature that treated him like a mild inconvenience. Contrary to what the ad says, if he had really “stepped on their toes,” they’d have broken his legs.
It’s easy to pick on the governor, though. He’s a guy short on substance and long on style who has trouble with the truth. He’s the opposite of our state motto, “To be, rather than to seem.” But he can sure deliver his lines.
Thomas Mills is the founder and publisher of PoliticsNC.com. Before beginning PoliticsNC, Thomas spent twenty years as a political and public affairs consultant. Learn more >