Under the Dome

Easley the featherweight

Overheard in the elevator outside the Supreme Court: a genial Mike Easley cracking a joke at his own expense.

The former governor, who was in the courtroom to observe oral arguments about pre-kindergarten in the Leandro case Tuesday, was trying to make his way out of the courthouse along with a crowd of court watchers. As elevators filled, he slipped into one that was almost at capacity. I can fit, he assured his fellow riders.

Then a pause, after which the trim Easley offered this zinger: “A lightweight governor.”