NC Gov. Bev Perdue “jokes”: Let’s cancel congressional elections for a few years so that we can focus on the economy

posted at 6:52 pm on September 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

The News-Observer claims in their headline that she was “joking” but I think that’s because they can’t quite believe a sitting governor would be so stupid as to say this publicly. In fact, in the story itself they note, “It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.”

Hey, you know what would vastly improve American politics? Much less public accountability.

“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.”

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. Here’s a statement from GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood:

“Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?”

Go figure that a Democrat like Perdue be worried about the next congressional elections. In case you’re keeping score, this makes twice in the past 24 hours that a prominent Dem has called for less democracy as the solution to America’s problems. The first was former Obama budget guru Peter Orszag, who argued yesterday in TNR that Congress should rely more heavily on independent commissions (like IPAB!) and automatic “triggers” of the sort that are guiding the Super Committee’s work on deficit reduction. His idea is much milder than Perdue’s — those commissions and triggers would, after all, be set by Congress itself, and therefore could be undone by Congress if need be — but the fact that you have former White House advisors and current Democratic governors now chattering idly about how to insulate Congress from angry voters is not, shall we say, a happy trend.

Maybe this has something to do with it:

Dissatisfaction with the country’s governance is at an all-time high, 15 points above where it stood even after Watergate. No doubt Orszag and Perdue think that’s because a gridlocked Congress has been too fearful of angering the base on each side to produce compromise economic solutions, but just imagine where those Gallup numbers would be if we followed the Perdue plan and took a pass on elections for a cycle or two. What’s most amazing to me about her and Orszag’s suggestions is how both take Congress’s gutlessness as an absolute fact of political life, to the point where Perdue thinks it’d be less disruptive to temporarily suspend America’s system of constitutional democracy than to ask Democrats and Republicans to cast a tough vote on, say, a big new stimulus package. Just this morning, Paul Ryan gave a speech doubling down on his free-market approach to solving the Medicare crisis. He’s risking a ferocious backlash from seniors and the end of his political career, but he’s enough of a patriot to accept that risk in the name of putting the country back on track to sustainability. How come he’s the exception in Congress rather than the rule? And if the answer is that he’s not the exception — if you believe, say, that Democrats vote their consciences on all things irrespective of the political consequences they might face — then Perdue’s plan would accomplish nothing. On the contrary, it would lock in the gridlocked Congress we have now instead of giving voters a chance to shake things loose next fall. Ah well. Expect more of this over the next year as Democrats get cranky about their dwindling chances of holding the Senate.

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IPAB = death panel. And Democrat media called that “the lie of the year” when Palin called it out.

VidOmnia on September 28, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Madame, please eat the poo that you spew. Oops! I made a rhyme. Still good advice.

Mason on September 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM

their consciences on all things irrespective of the political consequences they might face —then Perdue’s plan would accomplish nothing. On the contrary, it would lock in the gridlocked Congress we have now instead of giving voters a chance to shake things loose next fall.

They know that’s exactly what will happen. That’s what they want to happen.

Paco on September 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I never did think Democrats believe all that much in Democracy. Oh, it’s Ok I guess but if they don’t get their way, out it goes. They know what they want and as long as they get it any system that helps them is just fine. That’s why they’ve fallen in love with various dictators over the years. There is free health care in Cuba, so how bad could Castro possibly be? The communist taught people to read so how bad could Stalin be? Communist China said it was governed by an intellectual elite, so how bad could Mao be? Uncle Ho fought the US so why not applaud his anti-aircraft crews?

By the way, this is not the first time they’ve brought up cancelling elections. Although every previous insistence I am aware of was framed as a Republican plan to cancel a presidential election. If I remember correctly, this idea was raised in 1968, 1972, 1984 and 2004. I guess it surfaces whenever Democrats are afraid they are going to lose.

Fred 2 on September 28, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Very sad… She should be run outta town for even juking about that. I mean, since we have a wannabe dictator in the WH and all. Don’t dare try to test that balloon.
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RalphyBoy on September 28, 2011 at 2:47 AM

If there was ever a “if a Republican said that” moment…

Even the jewjanitors cringe at the thought.

Feedie on September 28, 2011 at 3:10 AM

“Fixing things” and “doing what’s right” sounds just wonderful until you find out who gets to decide what “fix” and “right” means. By then, it’s too late and you’re screwed. This is a cow in need of a pasture.

SKYFOX on September 28, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Let’s cancel congressional elections for a few years so that we can focus on the economy

That’s no joking matter. The governor should have known better than to say anything like that.

Was it was somebody’s trial balloon?

petefrt on September 28, 2011 at 6:25 AM

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Leftism really is a religion of absolute cowards. I just can’t imagine going through life, so thoroughly ashamed of who I am, and what I believe, as the typical leftist of 2011.

Wear the comments with pride, J-Tards of North Caroline. Own your “jokes.” Take pride in your people.

MNHawk on September 28, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Don’t dare try to test that balloon.
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RalphyBoy on September 28, 2011 at 2:47 AM

“Joking” he says? Joking about it? Yeah, rrright. Can’t help but wonder about trial balloons.

petefrt on September 28, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Bev – i wish I could say we hardly knew ya, but that would be a lie – we knew ya all too well. I’m sure that gov’t pension is generous when your re-election bid fails dramatically.

Fuquay Steve on September 28, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Didn’t the newly elected GOP state majority just redraw the congressional district line, too? Bev is so shallow.

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Joking ‘On The Square,’

TimBuk3 on September 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM

That’s my Governor…this is why, after 114 years, Republican finally took control of NC.
Now when the Gov. seat is up for bid, she is done…she has been a puppet, and since many of her “puppeteers” have been removed, she doesn’t have that shield to protect her. This is who she is, a very nice looking, gentle looking, soft speaking, well spoken, idiot…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM

but I think that’s because they can’t quite believe a sitting governor would be so stupid

I live in NC… we can believe she’s that stupid.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Not only is she stupid, she talks funny.

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I live in NC… we can believe she’s that stupid.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Even the dems know it…she really is stupid, that is not a political or bias statement, she is stupid. That is why she was chosen, she did whatever the dems wanted her to do, a real bobble-head.
Now her base is not in power, her true stupidity shows…it is what it is…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

She’s floating Obummer’s boat. Tossing out the Constitution would be the final nail in the country’s coffin. If they can do it for elections, they can do it for everything.

Kissmygrits on September 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

The reason people can’t tell she was joking was because of her braindead pan delivery.

Laurence on September 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

She may be joking, but that joke isn’t very funny right now.

Saying, even jokingly, that the best way to advance Democracy is to suspend it is seriously wrong-headed.

Lawrence on September 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Many forget that it was Hillary that said the Constitution gives the people too much power and thet “we’re going to take things away from you.” Every now and then, liberals drop the curtain and reveal what they really mean.

Bevan on September 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Descent into Nightmare.

Its trial balloon to see who howls, and how loudly.
so far …

A better response would be to drag her a$$ kicking and screaming into the dirty public streets for the a$$ beating of her life.

OT: Ala judge to rule on immigration law today.

orbitalair on September 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Gaffe: when a politician says what he’s really thinking.

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

NC Gov. Bev Perdue “jokes”: Let’s cancel congressional elections for a few years so that we can focus on the economy

A new look at McCarthyism?

BobMbx on September 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I am from Winston Salem. Rest assured that statement will be listed as FORMER GOVENOR NEXT YEAR. No coat tails.

kara26 on September 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Bev. “Sugar Dumplin’” Perdue will go down as the Daniel Ortega or Hugo Chavez of NC.

ErnstBlofeld on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

North Carolina is ripe for the old “democRATs vote on Wednesday” ploy.

borntoraisehogs on September 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Here
This no joke, no hyperbole, this is what she thinks, and I believe this is what the dems want…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM

North Carolina needs to get rid of this great thinker???
Wait until Obama suggests or demands the next presidential election be called off.
He’ll have an emergency or something.
We need to be rid of these people once and for all!

Delsa on September 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Hey, nice job there North Carolina.

Ya got yourself a real tyrant in training.

Maybe the DOTUS will dump Biden and put her on the ticket next year.

PappyD61 on September 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I knew there had to be some video or audio capture somewhere.

iceman1960 on September 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Dyed in the wool fascist right there, folks.

Thank you North Carolina for allowing this twit to become governor.

coldwarrior on September 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

My father is a Dem. I asked him to vote for Bev in the primary because a dumb Bev was less dangerous than a conniving Richard Moore.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Don’t know if this has been mentioned…

Criminal Charges Expected in Investigation of NC Governor’s Campaign Expenses…

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

That’s right, we need less democracy!

Why pssy-foot around with delayed elections and just jump to where you’d like to be?

Why not just make the One Dictator, so he can deal with all those bothersome problems? So he doesn’t have to, you know, worry about the consent of the governed ruled.

Venril on September 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I heard the audio. didnt sound like a joke to me. I would like to see a video if there is one. The more the dems stay in power the more they want to take away the rights of WE THE PEOPLE.

ColdWarrior57 on September 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

If this President leaves office voluntarily I’ll be stunned.

PappyD61 on September 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Exactly. I can easily see the Democrat/Fascist Party inventing a “Reichstag Fire” as an excuse to stay in power and impose martial law on the American citizenry. They’ll take the advice of their God, Piven/Cloward, and not allow a convenient crisis to go to waste.

Only until mid-January 2013 can we breathe easy and relax, knowing that the Worst Presidency Ever is behind us. Our long national nightmare will be over.

BTW – two of my friends are from NC. I forwarded them the link to this thread. One actually admitted to voting for Obama. But both began by calling her a “crazy b!tch” and piled on from there. “Governor ‘Crazy B!tch’ Perdue”, that sounds about right for the history books.

CatchAll on September 28, 2011 at 9:44 PM

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