Well, everyone thought Pat McCrory was looking for a reset as he begins his second year in office. Instead, he’s falling back on the same bad habits that got him into trouble during his first year. He’s whining, passing the buck and blaming other people for the mistakes of his administration.

This time, it’s the Department of Health and Human Services mailing the personal information of almost 50,000 people to the wrong addresses. Instead of taking responsibility or asking Secretary Aldona Wos to do so, McCrory is blaming somebody else, because we know it’s not Wos’ fault.

He’s even blaming Obamacare. I guess if the ACA hadn’t required  him to send those letters, they wouldn’t have ended up in the wrong mailboxes. So basically, his excuse is, if they hadn’t asked us to do something, we wouldn’t have screwed it up. Weak.

And then there’s that pesky press corps. Always asking questions and pointing fingers. Won’t even give him a chance to fix all that broken stuff.

Well, Governor, if you think the press is a problem, you’re right. They are first-rate sons of bitches and they feed on bureaucratic incompetence and political corruption. They helped send a speaker of the house and a commissioner of agriculture to prison. Their work brought disgrace upon a former governor and contributed to your predecessor deciding not to run for re-election.

So don’t take it personally. Do something about it. Either take responsibility for some of the messes yourself or hold someone accountable in your administration. Otherwise, you’re going to continue to get bad press and look like a weak governor. You obviously didn’t learn that your first year. You would be wise to learn it this one.

The press is not going away so you better get used to it. They’ve been skulking around the capitol for over two hundred years, causing politicians heartburn and occasionally giving them joy. In the scheme of things, you’re just passing through. The press is here to stay.

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