Don’t let him fool you: Richard Burr did defend Donald Trump’s boast that “I grab them by the pussy.” Echoing the Trumpkin line, our distinguished Senator claimed, “we hear comments like this from professional athletes frequently,” (wrong), thus excusing Mr. Trump’s proud claim to be an assaulter. It was incredibly cowardly.
But what else would you expect? Richard Burr always takes the path of least resistance. His political career has been unimaginative, boilerplate, and low-energy. And that record should be out in the open.
I wrote at the beginning of this cycle that Burr’s reputation for seriousness is undeserved. Over the course of his career, Burr has voted more conservatively than almost any Senator. He even voted to destroy the world economy by failing to raise the debt ceiling. Despite the fact that his state contains some of the largest banks on Earth. The business community must have been thrilled with those votes.
And his quiet radicalism extends across almost all the issues. Burr contradicted the wishes of 8 in 10 voters by opposing background checks for terrorists and the homicidally mentally ill. When the opportunity came to protect countless acres of federal lands, he put the oil industry first. NC voters have conflicted views on abortion; Burr votes against Choice at every opportunity. And his well publicized health proposals would unravel three generations of the Medicare promise.
Of course those proposals went nowhere, because he puts little effort into legislating. There’s no signature achievement on his record despite collecting a salary for two decades. I can even think of bills that Elizabeth Dole passed. Not so Burr. So in return for almost $200,000 per year, we have gotten a somnambulant vote for reaction and no bills. If his lawnmower clients had been offered that deal, this great “retailer” would have gone out of business.
In less than a month we can give him that fate.
Alexander Jones is an original contributor to PoliticsNC.