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Maybe Kieran Shanahan quit because Governor McCrory still hadn’t learned his name. The Governor called him “Sharon” and “Karen” at a press conference.
Whatever caused Shanahan’s abrupt and rumor-spawning resignation, it punctuates a rough start to McCrory’s administration.
He claimed he got 20 of his 22 legislative priorities. But he clearly was the tail to Republican legislators’ dog.
The Governor just as clearly will break a promise he made to the people of North Carolina in 2012. He will sign into law new restrictions on abortion. That’s the title and the clear purpose of the bill, and no amount of weasel-wording can make it not about abortion. As Abe Lincoln said, calling a horse chestnut a chestnut horse doesn’t make it one.
Then McCrory admitted he would sign voter restrictions into law even though he hadn’t read the bill and seemed unaware of a key provision.
So, when a much-hyped Cabinet secretary leaves with just weeks’ notice just six months into the job, the question arises: Is McCrory over his head in the Governor’s Office?
In fairness, new governors – and Presidents – often have a rough start. For all his legislative success in 1977, Governor Hunt struggled to get control of his administration.
Hunt learned and adjusted. He brought Joe Pell and John A. Williams onto his staff to strengthen his hand. Problem solved.
Hunt, on the other hand, never had to learn to read the words, watch his words and keep his word. And that gets to the heart of why even some Republicans judge McCrory a lightweight.
Does he do the hard, time-consuming homework that being Governor requires? Does he pay attention to small things that make a big difference? Does he choose his words carefully?
Or does he sign bills he hasn’t read – or at least made sure he gets a full and accurate report on what he’s about to sign into law? Does he talk without thinking: saying “none” when asked what abortion restrictions he’ll sign, promising “revenue-neutral” tax reform, bashing liberal arts studies in college and saying he was in a Moral Monday crowd when he wasn’t? Does he keep a close eye on his Cabinet, or does he lurch from crisis to crisis?
That’s the unglamorous work that separates success from failure in an executive. So far, McCrory hasn’t made the grade.


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One comment on “Is McCrory Over His Head?

  1. dap916 says:

    One thing I’ve learned in all my years involved in politics is that it’s FAR easier to present negatives about people in elected office than it is to present positives. An old saying applies: “it’s hard to prove or disprove a negative”. So, Gary, you’ll find it extremely easy to present negatives about McCrory here. I could present negatives all day long about Obama here. I could never match your brand of negatives with positives for McCrory just as you couldn’t match my brand of negatives with positives for Obama. So, other than just debunking what you’ve said from my conservative point of view, it is almost senseless to respond to your post here.

    Almost :-).

    1) “Rumor-spawned resignation”. So, now we’re supposed to believe something is amiss any time there are rumors in government? That’s silly. And, I could cite scores of resignations in the first 6 months in so many new administrations throughout the years (both democratic and republican) in so many states it would make your head spin. It’s not something new or odd, Gary. It happens. It does make for good negative spin though, so it doesn’t surprise me you’ve taken advantage of that.

    2) McCrory truly has gotten many, many of his legislative priorities. It’s not to argue because it’s just true, of course. The only thing you seem to be able to come up with in a negative way against that is that it wasn’t really him that did that but the legislature….so we shouldn’t be giving him any credit. Reminds me of an argument I had with a guy in high school once when I picked up a crucial first down as a second-string half back after going in on a play when the first string guy got hurt. After the coach patted me on the back and told me “good job”, the first-string guy told me it wasn’t me that got the yardage, it was the blockers and “anyone could have done that”. My point was that they were just as important but someone had to carry the ball and take advantage of the opportunity.

    3) Abortion bill. It has now passed and has been signed into law. You know my feelings about the abortion issue and to be honest, if this was one of McCrory’s priorities, I just don’t get it. I’m just waiting for the U.S. Justice Department to go after it.

    4) The moment I read that about McCrory not reading what I call the “Voter ID Bill”, a very vivid picture of Nancy Pelosi with the Affordable Care Act bill flashed in my mind. I mean, c’mon man. Really? That’s hilarious.

    McCrory has been in office for 6 months and change now. Gary, you’ve been on his case from day one. His election and the fact that both houses of our state’s legislature are republican has hurt you in a big way. I mean, after all, being a democratic adviser and involved in campaigns and other things regarding the democratic party and democratic politicians has be a tough road to hoe with all that power working against ya. Guess if I were you, I’d be throwing out dump trucks full of mud against the republican opposition also. I feel your pain, man.

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