Joe Wheelan: McCrory’s ‘house of cards’

July 31, 2013 

Cards and cookies

Gov. Pat McCrory evidently is a fan of “House of Cards,” the Netflix series about a cynical, manipulative Southern congressman, played by Kevin Spacey. The governor has good taste; it is excellent television.

In one episode, Spacey’s character and his wife carry food across a street to protesting teachers. It was a brilliantly orchestrated, deeply cynical gesture – and effective. TV footage showed grateful teachers accepting and eating the food.

On July 30, McCrory took a plate of cookies across the street to women protesting his signing new abortion restrictions. But his gesture wasn’t so well-received, this being real life and not TV. The protesters returned the cookies.

Rather than copying a political gimmick from TV, the governor might start talking to people who disagree with him and listen to their viewpoints. Otherwise, he might see his political “house of cards” come tumbling down.

Joe Wheelan, Cary

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