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There is growing talk in Raleigh – by Republicans and Democrats – that Governor McCrory will be one and done. And he’s not going to the NBA.
 
The consensus, which could always turn out wrong, is that he’s over his head. Some people even say he won’t run again. The job isn’t what he expected, they say. It’s hard work, the spotlight can be brutal and he didn’t count on that.
 
Democrats sense weakness. He looks emasculated by the legislature, befuddled by the challenge of managing his Cabinet and flummoxed by how to handle controversies like the $87,000-a-year salaries for inexperienced, 24-year-old ex-campaign aides. (That’s four times I mentioned it this week!)
 
Part of all this, to be blunt, is a skepticism about McCrory’s intellectual depth. Not to knock a liberal arts degree from Catawba College, but it’s not a law degree (Jim Holshouser), a chemistry Ph.D. (Jim Martin) or economics, masters and law degrees (Jim Hunt).
 
With all due respect to indifferent students (like myself), being Governor requires a certain level of intellectual rigor, the mental stamina to master a mass of material and the ability to think critically.
 
McCrory invited the scrutiny of his academic and intellectual credentials when he suggested that stories about economics are too complex for reporters. Actually, it was the first thing he ever said I agreed with. I know they’re too complex for me.
 
But his griping betrayed defensiveness and a thin skin that cause political pros, who are a brutal and cold-blooded lot, to smell blood in the waters. Not to mention needlessly irritating reporters.
 
If the legislature comes back and overturns his vetoes, he will look even weaker. Once that perception sets in, it can prove hard to shake. McCrory is at a critical point. Does he recognize it, and can he change the story line?

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5 comments on “One-Termer

  1. Choo says:

    Critical thinking seems to be hampered by a college degree more than helped. You are however correct that journalist know nothing about economics. In fact journalist seem to all come from the redistributionist wing of the ivy walls of higher education. To dumb it down, someone else makes the money, and then it’s passed around. Journalist all get that part all too well.

  2. clarence swinney says:

     Wall Mart + Home Depot
    Smithfield + Tyson
    Conglomerate ownership=Bad News for Job
    Big Banks
    5 control 48% of deposits—10%=80%
    doubled control since 2000
    Insurance companies have monopoly power
    Food, inc. dominates food processing
    Toothpaste—Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble
    70% of the market
    Anheuser-Busch-Inbev and Miller Coors—80% all beers
    Dean Brands controls Pet Dairy, Mayfield and Horizon
    70% of milk produced in New England
    Dean accused of collaborating with Dairy Farmers Of America
    a giant company that buys milk from independent farmers and provides it to Dean for processing and distribution, to drive down the price farmers are paid while inflating it’s own profits
    Almost 80% of all the corn in America and 95% of soybean seeds contained patented genes produced by only Monsanto/
    Pet Food
    fFve of the top six independent brands including those marketed by Colgate-Palmolive, Mars and Procter and Gambled relied on a single contract manufacturer-Menu Foods as did seventeen of the top twenty food retailers that sell “private-label” wet pet foods.
    The Menu Foods covers products that had been retailed under 150 different brands.
    A dozen car makers sell hundreds of different models. Two thirds of the iron ore in all is most likely produced by three firms which are trying to merge.
    Toyota came out strongly in the General Motors bailout as it knew if that giant failed it would knock man of their materials suppliers.
    Macy and Bloomingdales are units of a Holding company, Federated.
    Federated has bought up Marshall Fields, Hechts, Broadway and Bon Marche’
    Today, that Holding company controls roughly 800 outlets all over America.
    A recent study of mergers, found that in four out of five cases. The merged firms increased prices on products ranging from Quaker State Motor Oil to Chex brand cereals.
    In January 2009, Pfizer the world’s largest drug company, paid $68 Billion to buy Wyeth.
    They announced they planned to buy Schering -Plough
    In the years after 1981, America’s biggest mergers took place when Reagan all but abandoned Antitrust enforcement
    Many firms adopted a winner-take-all approach.
    Prior to 1981, for example, General Electric invested heavily in R&D seeking to compete in as many markets as possible. After 1981, it pulled back.
    No need to innovate let others do it then buy them. Cisco gobbled up more than 100 companies.
    Intel has leveraged its 90% share of the computer microchip market to impede it’s only real rival, Advanced…

  3. Reaganite says:

    Gary, you are a hypocrite on the 24-year olds. You worked at a high level in the Hunt administration, and you should remember Mather Slaughter, who had less qualifications than this pair, and whose salary, adjusted for inflation would be at a similar level. It is useful to compare this Hunt political hire with the two that you keep flabbling about. The two McCrory appointees are at least doing something beneficial for state government. What was Mather Slaughter’s main function, on the other hand? To spy on the state’s sheriffs for the political benefit of the Jim Hunt organization. When that issue came to a head, Slaughter temporarily left state government, only to quietly return a bit later as head of security for state ports. Who know what he was really doing in that job but it was not working at what he was supposed to be doing, as he rarely even showed up at his office. That came to a head again, and finally Slaughter was gone for good. Given the history of Mather Slaughter in the Hunt administration, Gary, you have no standing to whine about the two campaign staffers of McCrory who at least seem to be doing something positive, unlike Slaughter.

  4. dap916 says:

    Choo, you’ll, never see me post anything again in response to what either Gary Pearce or Carter Wrenn posts here on TAP. They are “together” with regard to what is said and they mighe fool a great number of people here, but they are both on the same line of thinking in the long run. I have been fooled by the totally bullski from both of them here…and they pretend to be “against” each other, but truth be known, these two are like minded and you should be very careful what you read on this site from the two of them and know that both are in this for the money…not for what’s truly right and best for our state or our country.

    I supported Carter Wrenn for a very long time. Now? I know he’s just one more person that makes his presentations for personal gain. Nothing more. If we go socialist in our country, Gary Pearce and Carter Wrenn will be on board on that train.

  5. dap916 says:

    Choo, you’ll, never see me post anything again in response to what either Gary Pearce or Carter Wrenn posts here on TAP. They are “together” with regard to what is said and they mighe fool a great number of people here, but they are both on the same line of thinking in the long run. I have been fooled by the totally bullski from both of them here…and they pretend to be “against” each other, but truth be known, these two are like minded and you should be very careful what you read on this site from the two of them and know that both are in this for the money…not for what’s truly right and best for our state or our country.

    I supported Carter Wrenn for a very long time. Now? I know he’s just one more person that makes his presentations for personal gain. Nothing more. If we go socialist in our country, Gary Pearce and Carter Wrenn will be on board on that train.

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