Bev Perdue’s open-mic night a total bust

posted at 2:45 pm on September 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When Allahpundit wrote about North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s suggestion that we skip the next Congressional election because the country really can’t afford democracy at the moment, he noted that the News-Observer reported that Purdue was “joking.” Was she? The News-Observer produced the audio of Purdue’s remarks, and it doesn’t sound as if she’s aiming for a spot on HBO’s next comedy jam:

Perdue faced almost instant national criticism on Tuesday after she recommended suspending elections until the economy recovers.

“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,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Shortly after the controversial comments made national headlines, Perdue’s press team began claiming it was a joke. Until the audio of her comments was released, though, there was no way to know if she was serious.

Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey, who originally told TheDC that it was a joke and “hyperbole,” told TheDC the Governor and her press team are sticking to their statement, even after this new audio came out.

Clearly, this was no joke. I’m sure it wasn’t a preplanned proposal, either, but Perdue didn’t pause for a laugh, didn’t provide any sort of set-up with this as a punchline — and as the audio demonstrates, was used to underscore the seriousness of the current economic condition. Perdue’s office has to stick with the “joke” spin, I suppose, but only because the alternative should be disqualifying to Perdue as a politician.

Let’s put this in perspective. We have had a number of depressions, including the Great Depression, in our history. We fought two world wars and a decades-long Cold War against an existential threat. During all of these times, the US held its normal Congressional elections. In 1862, Republicans lost 22 seats in the midterm elections, and in 1864, Lincoln faced a tough challenge to continue his role as Commander in Chief. Both elections took place in the middle of the Civil War, while hundreds of thousands of Americans were dying on battlefields. Comparatively speaking, this is just a rough patch in the road.

We don’t put aside democracy in tough times. In fact, the tougher the times, the more accountability we need from our government, not less. As my friend and radio partner Mitch Berg wrote, “The dumb part? That a bunch of politicians, relieved of the pressure of having to justify their political existences to voters, would “solve” anything.” Any politician arguing that our government needs less or no accountability to its constituents and citizens is a politician whose constituents should send into ignominious retirement at the first possible moment.

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What are the laws in NC regarding recalling a governor?

Ward Cleaver on September 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Sooouuuueeeeee, soooooouuuuuueeeeee! piggi, piggi, piggi, soooouuuuiiiii!

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

But she loves NC BBQ ROADKILL, so it’s all good.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

..Perry FIFY.

The War Planner on September 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Given this and Peter Orzag’s oped on how we need less democracy, we’re seeing the fascist tendencies of the Left start to leak out as the impending electoral apocalypse becomes more and more apparent. They will not go quietly into that goodnight. Beware.

jnelchef on September 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Scratch a liberal and you will find someone who thinks the country should be run by a panel of 12 wearing black robes. It’s scary.

pedestrian on September 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

SouthernGent on September 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

I guess that type of comment makes you a hero here, but I find it just plain ignorant and hateful. Perhaps your goal was to offend, and you succeeded. Congratulations, stay classy.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I don’t have time to read all the comments so far. So I don’t know if anyone has suggested it yet, but could this woman be charged with anything? Could she be sued? Could she be impeached? Don’t most, if not all, of our elected officials swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution?

If I were in a Republican in North Carolina, I’d be seriously looking into legal or political options against this woman.

Scopper on September 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I guess that type of comment makes you a hero here, but I find it just plain ignorant and hateful. Perhaps your goal was to offend, and you succeeded. Congratulations, stay classy.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Hey, I lived in Raleigh. You know Raleighites don’t like Charlottetons. It was merely a joke. I swear!

SouthernGent on September 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Is Gov Perdue correct?

d1carter on September 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Is Gov. Beverly Perdue Right About Suspending Congressional Elections?
http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/146041/is-gov-beverly-perdue-right-about-suspending-congressional-elections/

1st one out of the starting gate?

If this was supposed to be a joke – and a really bad one at that – then this should all die down in a day.

However, if this was meant to bring up the subject to be seriously debated by the Left and the media, as a trial balloon for possible implementation, Then we will most likely see more of such articles.

Ask yourself:

Who has ever heard of the governor outside the SC?

Why would everyone on the national stage care about her reputation?

Chip on September 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Don’t forget this, and that he wanted to be president of China.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Don’t forget this, and that he wanted to be president of China.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

THERE it is! I can’t find the hispanic one or the article stating that he has decided to “rule” by executive order vs. congress. And, let’s not forget his unilateral declaration that schools can opt out of NCLB, a law passed by a bipartisan Congress.

This is getting dangerous.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Ask yourself:

Who has ever heard of the governor outside the SC?

Why would everyone on the national stage care about her reputation?

Chip on September 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Well, unfortunately, since she is our governor, we’ve heard of her here in NC.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Ask yourself:

Who has ever heard of the governor outside the SC NC?

Why would everyone on the national stage care about her reputation?

Chip on September 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Well, unfortunately, since she is our governor, we’ve heard of her here in NC.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Sorry about that.

Chip on September 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

She had a perfect out by calling it a joke to raise a point and she screwed that up.

Doubling down on stupid!

Mr. Joe on September 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Photo caption:

“Please help me. I’m blonde, and a moron. Can’t we just suspend the last 48 hours and move on?”

BobMbx on September 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

She’s pretty cute for a potential tyrant.

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Really? I can’t see the video here at work, but in the blog photo she looks like the crypt keeper.

UltimateBob on September 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This woman is the reason blonde jokes exist.

HellCat on September 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

She looks like Mrs. Brady.
Miiiiike?

angryed on September 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

You know Raleighites don’t like Charlottetons.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

One of the reasons Bev Purdue is the governor of North Carolina. She was running against the former mayor of Charlotte.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Seriously, how are the Americans in NC reacting to this?

mobydutch on September 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

A politician thinking of re-election rather than what’s best for the nation? Certainly, she doesn’t believe that’s possible.

I mean, just look at the beautiful example of selflessness and sacrifice her President is displaying on a daily basis, out on the campaign (fund raising) trail.

[Uh, that was a joke, actually.]

BHO’s campaign theme? “Why won’t those traitorous Republican’s get out of the way and let me do my thing?”

Sounds like the frustrated bank robber who laments, “Why won’t those darn security guards get out of the way and let me rob this bank?”

Perhaps, to riff on Gov. Purdue’s suggestion, the Man Currently Playing The Part of President would agree to go away and let us hold an election to replace him.

IndieDogg on September 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

She is simply signaling that she wants a spot in The O’s cabinet.

n0doz on September 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

This woman is the reason blonde jokes exist.

HellCat on September 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM
I really don’t care about the color of her hair (just the content of her character).

mobydutch on September 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

mobydutch on September 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

It barely made the local news until 1:35 this afternoon. Which is typical, especially in the Charlotte area. I’ll bet a lot of NC people just heard about it for the first time from Rush Limbaugh.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM

It barely made the local news until 1:35 this afternoon. Which is typical, especially in the Charlotte area. I’ll bet a lot of NC people just heard about it for the first time from Rush Limbaugh.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM
Thanks for the info!!!

mobydutch on September 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

This nis not even mentioned in the LSM outside of NC.
But Gov. Sanford – a Republican – took a trip to Argentina for a little somethin’ somethin’ and it was front page news for a week.

But don’t you dare suggest there is bias in the media.

angryed on September 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM

If she runs for re-election and gets more than 2% of the vote after saying what she said there (no, she wasn’t joking), it will be a sad commentary on the state of mind of the North Carolina electorate.

As one follower on my FB page wrote:

Sure, suspend elections, we’ll vote from a distance hill.

I wish he was the one who was joking, but this is no joking matter.

Bruce MacMahon on September 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Democrat Gov. Bev be in trouble for non-disclosed campaign flights. You know, the kind that former Dem. Gov. Mike Easley took that resulted in a felony conviction, fines and the loss of his law license.

If Bev ain’t worried, then she is more stupider than she looks.

(Note: Incorrect English grammer used in the foregoing post in order to communicate with my conservative Tarheel peeps.)

BigAlSouth on September 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

“The dumb part? That a bunch of politicians, relieved of the pressure of having to justify their political existences to voters, would “solve” anything.” Any politician arguing that our government needs less or no accountability to its constituents and citizens is a politician whose constituents should send into ignominious retirement at the first possible moment.

All these Democrats are Marxists. They have only one goal… destroy individual freedom and make themselves kings. They would love nothing more than to turn us all into ignorant serfs living in huts cooking our rice over cow dung. If they could, if they had the power, they would change our flag, rewrite our constitution and rename the country. Their enemy is America. They only run for these offices so they can destroy it from the inside while elevating themselves to higher and higher positions of power.

JellyToast on September 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM

JellyToast on September 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Nah. I’m pretty sure they are just well-meaning dopes who are ignorant of both history and economics.

stvnscott on September 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Is it just me or does she look a crazy (older) Mrs Brady

Political Chef on September 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM

It barely made the local news until 1:35 this afternoon. Which is typical, especially in the Charlotte area. I’ll bet a lot of NC people just heard about it for the first time from Rush Limbaugh.

mike_NC9 on September 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Mike, I’m a long time PA military absentee voter. Next go around I’ll be voting NC8. Hoke County. NEIGHBOR!

hawkdriver on September 28, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Interesting: The word “perdu(e)” is French for “lost”. The “e” is even a feminine ending.

Nomenclature is destiny!

Mary in LA on September 28, 2011 at 8:06 PM

The morning conservative talk jocks were all over this waaaaay before Rush. (K.C. and Carmen 106.1 Rush Radio, Raleigh NC)

Hey Hawk! Welcome to the Old North State! “A valley of humility between two mountains of conceit.”

BigAlSouth on September 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM

My husband retired 2 years ago. I’m retiring this year. We planned to check into moving to either Gatlinburg, TN area or possibly Ashville, NC. We’re scratching NC if this is who they elected as their Governor.

SoldiersMom on September 28, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Is it just me or does she look a crazy (older) Mrs Brady

Political Chef on September 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I don’t think she looks crazy at all. In fact, I’m so distracted by her good looks that I find it hard hold it against her that she said . . . what was it again that she said?

listens2glenn on September 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM

SoldiersMom on September 28, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I’ve heard that Asheville is very liberal.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Brilliant, Bev…effing brilliant. We have enjoyed peaceful transitions of power for so long we take the “peaceful” thing for granted. We shouldn’t. Take away our ballots and we are left with only bullets. It’s that or slavery; take your pick.

SKYFOX on September 29, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Everyone knows Governor Bev is a loon, but in this case, a dangerous loon that would promote a dictatorship so those like her could lead the uneducated masses to her world of transformation. Our country is under attack by a mental disorder known as liberalism. Bev is a cancer.

volsense on September 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

SoldiersMom on September 28, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I’ve heard that Asheville is very liberal.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Imagine Eugene, OR on the East Coast.

hawkdriver on September 29, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Response from the audience that she was speaking to with this attempt at humor: Dead silence. Not a smirk, laugh, giggle, or guffaw. Not an amen. Nothing.

And notice her style of presentation — she doesn’t slow down or in any way hint that this was tongue-in-cheek. Not joking, just really, really stupid.

Jaibones on September 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Perdue’s comments are all the more disturbing as Perdue is also on Obama’s ten member Governor’s council!

Sandybourne on September 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Spoken like a true totalitarian…

zoyclem on September 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Sure she has tried everything in her power to turn NC around, including support for Obama Care, Taking all the stimulus money, supporting 500,000+ illegals in our state, and blocking as much Republican measure as possible.

Thanks Bev,

NC Native.

livermush on September 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Rational Thought on September 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Certified, card-carrying member of the Mike Sleazley wing of the D-NC, that’s how. She’s a moron. The Republican-controlled legislature has overridden every veto this pinhead tries to implement. We call her the Chicken Bish – after Perdue chicken.

PJ Emeritus on September 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM

What was left out of the quote in the Raleigh News-Observer, was the continuation of her remarks.

She had gone on to say that she wished that the Congress would just compromise and produce bi-partisan results like the the NC legislature had done the last several years. This part was recorded in the News-Observer’s web site,when it was first posted, but “strangely” disappeared when the posting was revised.

In fact, when the Democrats controlled the NC Legislature for the last 100 years, Republican legislators were ignored when they protested voice votes, and the Democrats in charge would arbitrarily record unanimous passage of bills.

‘Ma Bev’ has a very selective and faulty memory.

I’m embarrassed by this woman.

new2wnc on September 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

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