A friend of mine this morning noted that he’s worked in three administrations and that administrations tend to reflect the personalities of their leader. The Hunt administration, like Hunt himself, moved non-stop, trying to get things done. The Easley administration, much like the governor, was often hard to find. The Perdue administration was fickle, reflecting the personality of the governor.
As another friend noted, Easley might not have been very visible but he had certain core values reflected in the policies he fought for–More at Four and the Education Lottery. McCrory seems to be the opposite. He’s spent a lot of time glad-handing out in public but nobody knows what he stands for.
In fact, McCrory doesn’t seem to have any core values. He’s been run over by the legislature and hasn’t let out so much as a whimper. He ran on ending the Good Ol’ Boy system and yet is standing by while a new one is quickly being built. He’s liked privatization since his days in Charlotte, but when the legislature shot down his scheme to privatize Medicaid, he rolled over like a scared puppy.
So, it seems McCrory doesn’t want to offend anyone and wants to keep everyone happy. That’s a bad sign. Politics is a world of big egos, bigger agendas and sharp elbows. If you’re not willing to stand up for yourself, you’re not going to get much done.
McCrory is defining himself as a hapless doormat. He’s welcoming everybody but they’re just wiping their feet on him. At a time when North Carolina needs a strong leader who can stand up to the nonsense in the General Assembly, Pat McCrory’s got nothing.
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 >
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