September 27, 2011

NC Governor Perdue: ‘Suspend Elections to Congress for Two Years’; Raleigh Paper Insists It Was a ‘Joke’

NCgovPerdue0911Apparently there’s no audio or video of North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue’s Tuesday humdinger, namely that “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.” — yet.

If none surfaces, that will be too bad, because the guess here is that the wiggle room desperate apparatchiks to North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and writer “jbfrank” at the Raleigh News & Observer are attempting to create — namely, that she was only joking — would vanish without a trace if we saw or heard how she delivered the following:

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. 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. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

Someone should ask Ms. Perdue to demonstrate the “funny” vocal inflections and other “joking” mannerisms she used to deliver yuks to her Rotary Club audience. If there’s a way to make such a statement funny, I want to hear it. I say it doesn’t exist.

Meanwhile, the Raleigh News & Observer — or is it Stenographer? — thinks all of this is just a hoot and a half:

Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years

UPDATED: File this in the random-things-politicians-say file.

Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

“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. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

The comment — which came during a discussion of the economy — perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue’s office clarified the remarks: “Come on,” said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. …

Look, RN&O, you don’t have to be a Republican, or independent, or moderate, or even an eeeeeeevil Tea Party sympathizer to take such a statement seriously. Why, even some (but sadly not all) liberals will have a problem with this.

The headline at local ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh: “Perdue comment raises eyebrows.” Zheesh.

There isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hades that media types would be desperately backing and filling for a Republican making a similar comment.

If North Carolina Democrats have a lick of sense remaining, they’ll strongly disown Ms. Perdue’s obviously serious — in more ways than one — statement.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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5 Comments

  1. Hmmm, is this what Chrissy was talking about a coup against Congress? Liberals seem to be joking in the same vein, me thinks it’s not a joke given the lock step manner in which they speak.

    Comment by dscott — September 28, 2011 @ 12:42 am

  2. Apparently someone agrees and said so publicly:

    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/94940/peter-orszag-democracy?page=0,0&passthru=MGU3YjMxNDdlN2UyMjM2MTNhZGZjNDE2MjE2NjE2Nj

    Peter Orszag: To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

    Go ahead and call me a conspiracy theorist but I’m thinking liberals are ginning themselves up for a coup de tat. In typical lib style, the balloon has been floated and now they are waiting to see the reaction…

    Comment by dscott — September 28, 2011 @ 3:16 am

  3. No video or audio? The governor speaks and nobody records it?

    Unlikely. Before the 2010 election I voiced the fear that someone would find a way to not have it. Now–a bare two weeks after Obama visits NC, the governor–the chief executive of North Carolina, proposes suspending congressional elections. C’mon folks–can’t you see the strings connected to her coming all the way from the oval office?

    Obama’s recent plea, “If you love me, pass this bill” marks him as a man who needs to be on a couch. Love me? Surely he meant to say, “if you love America……”? The man is a narcissist who stood in the limelight three years ago and now the light is out–gone. The Democrats saw him as having the Midas touch–so popular–loved–adored–dare I say worshipped? So much so that they passed Obamacare even though Americans said no–made back room deals with states like Nebraska and Lousiana–with unions and other “special interests”. Never mind that Obama said that would not happen in his brave new world.

    Perdue is a straw man–floating a trial balloon to see how it flies. Except the air in the balloon wasn’t hot enough. It sank like a stone—and now the apologists are walking back her statement as a “joke”. Some joke.

    A sitting governor–who, in her oath of office swore to uphold the Constitution is publicly proposing to subvert it. Joke? Don’t think so. I wrote to the Cary Rotary Club asking to speak to just one officer who was present at the meeting. I want to hear it from his or her lips–joke–or not?

    Comment by Ed — September 28, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  4. Screw the Domocrats playbook!

    They are Bastards – Greg

    Perdue Joins Orszag: “No Elections for You!!”
    Yesterday, we pointed to an odd statement from Peter Orszag, who used to work directly for Obama.

    Today we see that Orszag was, indeed, reading from a playbook.

    Here’s Orszag’s remark:

    ….we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”

    “A bit less democratic”??

    Now the (D) Governor-ette of N. Carolina joins:

    The Democrat governor of North Carolina has suggested that the country dispense with Congressional elections for two years in order to help the “economic recovery.”

    “You have to have more ability from Congress,” said Gov Bev Perdue, “I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. 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.”

    So not only should we suspend elections, she says, but we should also not hold any actions Congress might take- actions taken for our own good of course- against them.

    Perdue’s managers say that ‘it was a joke.’

    Well, it might have been a joke–until she got to that last line: “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

    That’s not “joking;” it is clearly a call.

    It is not a co-incidence that both Orszag and Perdue (who is regarded as a ‘star’ in the (D) Party) both issued similar statements inside of two days.

    It is, instead, a telegraph of what the Administration would like to have happen.

    Comment by Greg — September 28, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  5. #3 Ed, my theory is that the Rotarians allowed the governor to speak with cameras off (actually not an unusual request), and that the honorable Rotarians complied, including the honorable folks who attended.

    Perhaps the gov had her own people videotaping. But of course we’ll never see that one if it exists.

    Let me know if you learn anything, or post it somewhere (your own blog?) and send a link.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 28, 2011 @ 10:12 am

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