Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 33 Comments
You know how we could really help the country solve its problems, asks North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue? If we delay these election things for a while:
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.”
Oh come on now, said Perdue’s office. She was talking to the Rotary Club and she probably had a few. She was obviously joking so lighten up.
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.”
Problem is that there’s audio of her speech and she doesn’t sound like she’s joking. But are people making too much of this? Probably. My sanity demands that I don’t think the American left is anywhere near that stupid.
I honestly think that most liberals realize that if a serious proposal were ever made to suspend a regular American election, for whatever reason, the floodgates would open, the Tea Party would become a genuine revolutionary movement and the United States as the American left has traditionally perceived it would be changed out of all recognition.
Canada and Europe would probably receive a host of new English-speaking immigrants. That would suck for them, I guess, but would greatly clarify matters down here.
So I tend to think that the Governor probably had an adult beverage or two and let her tongue get away from her. And that’s about as seriously as I intend to take this.