Some of us are, a year into his governorship, still trying to figure out what Gov. Pat McCrory did while employed by Duke Energy for nearly three decades. It was a question he sidestepped during his gubernatorial campaign with footwork that wouldve made Gene Kelly, Victor Sylvester or a Soul Train dancer proud.
No one will have to guess what hell do upon returning to the private sector. Im giving odds that hell become president or at least spokesman of the Flat Earth Society.
At one time, North Carolina was bestridden by colossuses of intellectual depth or at least curiosity, men such as Terry Sanford, Jim Martin and Jim Hunt. We used to be known as the education state.
Now, we have a legislature that wants to fund private schools at the expense of public schools and a governor who refers to the states citizens as customers.
He also goes on national TV and wont admit outright what, according to NASA, 97 percent of the worlds climate scientists believe that human beings actions can adversely affect the climate.
When Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked McCrory about global warming and a previous comment in which he said Earths climate is in Gods hands, McCrory claimed his comments were taken out of context.
I think someone ... chopped off the total sentence there, McCrory said.
No, they didnt unless the tape of the interview to which I listened was chopped off, too.
Ive listened online over and over to an interview then-candidate McCrory gave in 2008 in which he said precisely that. Asked if he believed in global warming and what hed do if elected to eradicate it, McCrory said, I dont believe in the, quote, global warming debate.
Freeze! Whenever someone says the word quote, you just know skepticism is dripping from their lips the way sweat is dripping from the disappearing glaciers. Do you reckon he made air-quotation marks with his fingers to really drive home the point that he thinks the quote, global warming debate is a liberal crackpot theory cooked up to stave off prosperity for the conscientious business community that only has the environments best interests at heart and would prove it if the darned old gubmint would just get out of the way?
In that 2008 interview, McCrory continued with this: I think there are some things that are out of our ( inaudible, but I think he said hands).
What followed, though, was very audible. Its in Gods hands.
On Face the Nation, which unfortunately for Tar Heel residents is viewed all over the nation, McCrory then said, I feel theres always been climate change. The debate is really how much of it is man-made.
That response actually represented a thawing of his previous intractability on the issue. It was still a less-than-stellar representation of our state.
California Gov. Jerry Brown was once dubbed Gov. Moonbeam for his slightly off-kilter lifestyle and way of doing and viewing things when he served as governor during the 1970s and 80s. The dude eschewed the governors mansion for an apartment, drove a Plymouth from the states carpool instead of keeping a chauffeur-driven limo and slept on a mattress on the floor presumably with his rock star girlfriend, Linda Ronstadt.
Trust me, kids. In the 70s, that was viewed as off-kilter.
That, though, beats a governor who could be the next president of the Flat Earth Society.
Or Duke Energy.
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