Yesterday I posted that Bev Perdue is Finished. At the time her comments about suspending elections so congress could work on the economy (really all they need to do is get government out of the way…) and not have to trouble themselves with elections was already making national news.
If an audio or video of her remarks does not surface this story will be mostly history by the end of today. The news cycle moves relentlessly. She is still in serious electoral trouble, but unlike her employee Bob “who are you” Etheridge, no video or audio record of the remarks has come out.
The “clarifications” were quick in coming from her press office and today her apologists on the left. But what they ignore is what these remarks show about the way Governor Perdue thinks about our democratic system and the responsibility of elected officials to those who elected them. Shortly after Republicans won control of the North Carolina legislature she expressed her hope that they would forget the campaign rhetoric on taxes and extend the higher sales tax rate. What this indicates is a politician who does not respect voters. She asks elected officials to disregard a campaign promise (in some places that would be known as lying) and raise taxes. This attitude is one of the big reasons voters hold elected officials in such low regard.
Now we find out it is not just campaign promises she holds in low regards, it is the very election itself that she thinks is the problem.
Perdue obviously thinks “suspending” elections as something that can be considered. And before her press people put out another release about “hyperbole” or joking remember how she ended this remark, “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them – whatever decisions they make – to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said.
She asked people to agree with her. Perdue obviously believes this is a good thing and hopes other will see it as a good thing. It is not!