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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carbon_footprint on September 28, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Is Gov Perdue correct?

d1carter on September 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

She’s had one too many Gardasil shots.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Did it hurt when you ripped off that mask, Bev?

Knucklehead on September 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

She is clearly not joking.

ButterflyDragon on September 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

To libs the Constitution is inconvience. It really is. But thank God we have it, I don’t think we would be here it wasn’t in place.

Oil Can on September 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

She’s pretty cute for a potential tyrant.

Akzed on September 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

The other thing that gets me, instead of looking for an appropriate way of making sure elected officials are held accountable AND free to do the job they need to do without worrying about the next election, those on the left immediately veer right to a fascist thought process.

How about term limits?

ButterflyDragon on September 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Would she suggest joke about this if Republicans controlled both houses of Congress?

aunursa on September 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

impeachment at the very least.

rayra on September 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

You get what you vote for.

In this case, a flippin’ moron.

nico on September 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Is Gov Perdue correct?

d1carter on September 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Thus it begins.

rbj on September 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

its amazing, Glenn Beck gets called fringe, while mainstream Democrats call for the suspension of elections. On a side not would her extremist rhetoric survive the filter at Hotair or any major newspaper in the comments section?

rob verdi on September 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Isn’t she precious? She thinks congress is trying or even capable of providing help.

Lily on September 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I think that a North Carolina resident should formally call for Perdue’s resignation.

Mutnodjmet on September 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Definitely one for the What-If-Bush-Had-Said-It(tm) files…

Purple Fury on September 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I know, you’re a feminist, and I think that’s adorable, but this is grown-up time now…

/Peter Griffin

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

This is very close to a scenario painted by Glenn Beck not too long ago. He said that Obama could, in a national emergency, suspend elections and remain in office for an extended period of time as long as the emergency remained in existence. I’m not certain that any such powers exist but I’m certain that Congress, or anyone else for that matter, does not have the power to suspend elections just so that politics doesn’t interfere with their work. The Constitution is pretty clear on the election process.

Obviously, this Governor, like most of her liberal friends, does not think the Constitution is relevant today.

LonelyMassRepublican on September 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/democrat-governor-bev-purdue-of-nc.html

Rush observes:

No laughter. No applause, either, but there was no laughter; there’s no jocularity there. This effort to say that she was just kidding is gonna fall flat because she wasn’t. She was dead serious….

The Drive-By Media spends a lot of time and a lot of effort trying to make Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, the South Carolina governor Nikki Haley look dumb. The Drive-Bys try to make them look stupid, bumbling, and foolish; and all the while they have a female politician in their midst who is dumb, stupid, bumbling, and foolish; and they’re out there trying to make excuses. “Oh, she was just joking! You shouldn’t take this seriously. She was just joking about this.” No, she wasn’t joking. If they could get away with canceling elections, they would do it…

CommentGuy on September 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Odd that after LOSING so badly in house elections last year, this governor would NOT want a chance to elect more Democrats?

She must think this election is going to go ever farther away from the socialist views of the Democratic party!

Freddy on September 28, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Have we heard a single leftist denounce these comments, yet?

(crickets)

I thought so.

MNHawk on September 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

LonelyMassRepublican on September 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Beck has zero evidence for such a claim.

I got the “Clinton is going to declare Martial Law!!” email about once a week from 1997 to 2000… then my Dem friends got the “Bush is going to declare Martial Law!!” email from 2005-2008.

If and when it ever happens, those crying wolf now will be responsible.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

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

EXACTLY!

The liberal mask slipped once again. And once again they fall back on the old standby “It was a joke!” Go back and look at the You-Tube pronouncement of Maxie Waters when she slipped and indicated she’d have no problem nationalizing the oil companies. She sputtered, tried to backtrack, and the grins on the faces all around her told her it wouldn’t work.

Then you have little Petey Orszag complaining about Democracy being difficult. Must be all that valued Diversity that liberals are so enamored off.

But none beats The One and his whining about “Governing is hard!”

Imagine. That ‘stupid cowboy’ made it all look so easy.

GarandFan on September 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Not nearly as serious as Guam tipping over. That would be tragic.

a capella on September 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

What she is really saying is that she should sit out the next election because she is not up to the job of representing the best interests of the people of NC.

perries on September 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Did she actually say, “The one good thing about Raleigh?” Hello????????????????????????????????????? It’s the capital of her friggin state!

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The dems would really love to do this if they could since they are seeing that 2012 will likely add to republican house margins and maybe even take the Senate.

Even far left types are starting to wonder what is gonna be plan B if Obama proves toxic.

The pendulum of the country is finally swinging back to the right and Obama and all his agencies over reach just kicked it up a notch or two.

CommentGuy on September 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The reason Washington politics are so polarized is that progressives have run nearly all sane Democrats out of the party and RINOS are an endangered species in the GOP.
What she is saying is what progressives believe–that an elite class of politicians and “experts” know best how to govern the rest of us. There’s no Democratic left in the Democratic Party, they should just name it the Progressive Party.

cartooner on September 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

TREASON!!!

TREASON!! TREASON!! TREASON!!

REMOVE THIS WOMAN FROM OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

TREASON!!

Might I bring to everyone’s attention that there is a SEASON OF TREASON in the Democrat Party on all levels..

This must be corrected if our Republic is to survive!!

Delta Wild Man on September 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

When did Mrs. Brady become governor of North Carolina?

cat-scratch on September 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Her opponents’ ads write themselves:

Re-elect Perdue (just kidding!)

Christien on September 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The totalitarianism inherent to the left, in all it’s ugly glory.

These people want to rule us, as if we were medieval serfs and they the aristocracy.

Rebar on September 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Idea for a poll:

Show 100 Democrats this video and tell them it’s a Democrat.
Show 100 Republicans and tell them it’s a Republican.

Then ask “Do you think she is right or wrong in calling for suspension of elections”

I’d be curious to see the results.

angryed on September 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The internal poll numbers must be horrendous for the dem’s in N.C…haha! I bet they look just as bad for Obama too.

Conservalicious on September 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

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.

….this combined with Orszag saying pretty much the same thing should come as a shock to Americans.
Unfortunately this Obama White House has usurped so much power…
…….bypassed Congress to go to War…invoke immigration/Cap’n'trade policies
and given so much power to their “Czars” that hearing them talk of shutting down the democratic process of this country is pretty much just par for the course.

But the press along with their base will give them a pass and they will get back to telling Americans how “unpatriotic” they are if they don’t agree with Obama and his failed policies.

How progressive!!!!!

Baxter Greene on September 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I was only joking.

Standard bully answer when one gets caught.

Lily on September 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

How in holy hell did this idiot get elected governor of NC?

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

As importantly, she will not side with our neighbor SC’s right to work issue with Boeing and the labor unions. That by itself will cause her demise in her re-election bid. This is one final nail (I hope and pray).

Fuquay Steve on September 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

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

Hear hear.

Weight of Glory on September 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Look, Dimmocrits – like her – know that they are getting a boiling bikini wax next year. They want a “Mulligan”. She thought, by suspending elections – the Dims don’t get thrown out of office – and when they fix the economy – everyone will love them.

Two problems with that line of thought.

First – if what’s she’s worried about is the fact that Congressmen from both sides of the isle don’t play well together – well, I really don’t think that will be a problem after the House, Senate, and White House are turned RED. In fact – elections next year should bring a complete state of harmony to the Congress – at least for the party in charge of it.

Second – You could leave the Dimmocrits in office for a hundred years – and after that time had passed – you’d have people living in tee-pees and eating grass. Socialism – DOES NOT work. The fix for a failed economy due to Socialism – is NOT MORE SOCIALISM. Which is why I laugh at Conservatives who think that Obama might “get lucky” and the economy improve – LOL, NOPE. You’re talking about a serious sunburn here (the economy) and the only thing Obama has to soothe it is boiling water (Socialism). This patient will continue to be in worsening pain until the Doctor (and his staff) is fired.

HondaV65 on September 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

The reason Washington politics are so polarized is that progressives have run nearly all sane Democrats out of the party and RINOS are an endangered species in the GOP.
What she is saying is what progressives believe–that an elite class of politicians and “experts” know best how to govern the rest of us. There’s no Democratic left in the Democratic Party, they should just name it the Progressive Party.

cartooner on September 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

…”Marxist” sums up the democratic party perfectly.

Baxter Greene on September 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

My governor…good grief.
She was chosen because she speaks well, looks great, soft spoken, sincere, all the “right” stuff…and as dumb as rocks.
This state was controlled by the dems for 114 years, until the last election.
They didn’t need a “governor” they just needed a puppet to sign whatever bills were placed in front of her, and she readily did.
Now that her base is decimated, and more on the way out, she is shown for what she is, a dumb liberal democrat…and when I mean dumb, I mean it in factual sense.
Don’t worry, next election she is gone…I don’t know anyone but die-hard dems, who tolerate her. She is an embarrassment, soon to be removed.
This is typical of her thinking…not devious, not political, not nefarious, just plain dumb.

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

She’s so far underwater she’s going to need a decompression chamber. No wonder she wants to avoid the next election.

Vashta.Nerada on September 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I bet that statement didn’t appear in her election campaign.

BobMbx on September 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

McCrory will be running against her…, “Uptown” pfft….

equanimous on September 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

How in holy hell did this idiot get elected governor of NC?

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

She won by a little less than 3 1/2 points in 2008, a very favorable year for the Democrats. And Obama almost certainly brought out a lot of black voters who inevitably pulled the lever for Perdue. 2012 will be a much different story, especially with a quote like this making the rounds.

Doughboy on September 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I think she was asked to put out feelers. Seeing how resistant people would be to the idea of this. Liberals always project onto others, what they themselves are…and it seems they do it in actions as well.

They accused Bush of potentially pulling a stunt like this, to raise suspicion of Republicans overall, and causing mistrust. Now they themselves are actually proposing this.

If any lefty can defend this, I’d like to see them try!

capejasmine on September 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

She’s not joking. It’s on the mind of many lefties, most of the time. They like democracy only when they win. Some districts in her state are going right and she hates it.

Throw her out for her monarchy-like thought. It’s enough reason.

She made the perfect video for the next election.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

How in holy hell did this idiot get elected governor of NC?

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

This was a democrat controlled state for 114 years…114 years.
They needed an “idiot”, all they needed was someone to sign the bills they passed.
We had a state senator who shot one young man and molested a 15 year old boy…was finally convicted, but the dems never gave up on him.
This was a dem ran state that had to be the most corrupt state in the union, yes, even worse than NY or Nevada.

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

This dim-witted moron was only elected because so many people who had never voted before voted a straight-ticket for the Democrats in 2008. Her approval rates have been in the low-mid 30s since not long after she came into office. It is currently up to 40%. The likely opponent for her will be Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte who ran against her in 2008. He has not formally announced, but trounces her in the polls.
She has had so much plastic surgery that her brain has rotted. We have had a huge influx over the past 20 years of liberals from the northeast and California, which has changed our conservative leaning state and has resulted in the election of Bev Perdue and John Edwards. Many ‘old time’ North Carolinians are registered as Democrat, but are conservative and will easily cross party lines to vote if the Democratic candidate is liberal.
Please don’t paint North Carolina as a whole for this idiot’s statements. We don’t like her any more than you do!

ConservativeMom on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

There’s no Democratic left in the Democratic Party, they should just name it the Progressive Party.

cartooner on September 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

German Democratic Republic = East Germany
People’s Democratic Republic of Korea = North Korea

They keep using that word, I do not think it means what they think it means.

rbj on September 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I got the “Clinton is going to declare Martial Law!!” email about once a week from 1997 to 2000… then my Dem friends got the “Bush is going to declare Martial Law!!” email from 2005-2008.

If and when it ever happens, those crying wolf now will be responsible.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

The Left accused Bush of plotting to cancel the 2004 election, too.

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

She won by a little less than 3 1/2 points in 2008, a very favorable year for the Democrats. And Obama almost certainly brought out a lot of black voters who inevitably pulled the lever for Perdue. 2012 will be a much different story, especially with a quote like this making the rounds.

Doughboy on September 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Thanks, Libertarians.

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

She won by a little less than 3 1/2 points in 2008, a very favorable year for the Democrats. And Obama almost certainly brought out a lot of black voters who inevitably pulled the lever for Perdue. 2012 will be a much different story, especially with a quote like this making the rounds.

Doughboy on September 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

One of the reasons was Elizabeth Dole, what a disappointment, she should have never ran. I came out here just a couple of years prior, was exited because I was a big fan…than find out, she had “checked” out, she was not active, was not a leader, did nothing in the Senate…than when running accused her opponent of being a Satan worshiper, a woman who spent 20 years as a Sunday school teacher.
The voters turned against her and the rest of the Republican party…it was a disaster. I went to work with her campaign and pulled out after a couple of weeks…total chaos, she was sitting on her and Bob’s reputation.

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

None other than Al Greene needs to run against her. Yeah, he’s from South Carolina, but that’ll make it even more hyperbolicious.

Christien on September 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

And I suppose Obama did not mean this, either!

http://themorningspew.com/2011/09/28/best-ever-obama-bad-lip-reading-video-trick-the-bridesmaid/

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

She has had so much plastic surgery that her brain has rotted.
ConservativeMom on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

I thought she looked a lot like Jack Nicholson in drag.

capejasmine on September 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

OK…

… but that Palin!

Talk about nuts…

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Seven Percent Solution on September 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Good thing she is not from South Carolina or else she would get primaried by Alvin Greene.

People float really bad ideas all the time, that’s not really the problem. The problem is that she is lying about what she said.

pedestrian on September 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Whatever.

Hey, look, Perry’s hiding behind his wife’s skirts in the media!

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Just heard on news radio Obama gave a speech to the teachers union full of Obamaisms and received applause at exactly one line only.

And when does “it wasn’t a joke, we meant it was satire begin?

Marcus on September 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Paraphrasing Hayek:

Eventually all central planners realize they must either assume dictatorial powers or give up their designs. Likewise, totalitarians find they must either turn their backs on accepted morality or face failure.

Hmmm…

stvnscott on September 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

It’s pretty clear to me that she wasn’t saying this as a serious proposal — more like a hypothetical thought experiment or, as she’s explained, hyperbole. It’s like when people say “gee, maybe we’d be better off with the parliamentary system.” It doesn’t mean they’re planning anything subversive.

On the other hand, I recognize that if a Republican (especially Bush!) had said this, liberals would go apoplectic.

acasilaco on September 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Doesn’t sound like a joke to me. She’s not the only Democrat calling for less democracy, though.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/was-nc-gov-bev-perdue-really-joking-about-suspending-congressional-elections

jdawg on September 28, 2011 at 3:36 PM

They like democracy only when they win.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Not exactly. They like democracy (mob rule) just fine. It is constitutional representative republicanism they like only when they win.

stvnscott on September 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

She has had so much plastic surgery that her brain has rotted. We have had a huge influx over the past 20 years of liberals from the northeast and California, which has changed our conservative leaning state and has resulted in the election of Bev Perdue and John Edwards. Many ‘old time’ North Carolinians are registered as Democrat, but are conservative and will easily cross party lines to vote if the Democratic candidate is liberal.
Please don’t paint North Carolina as a whole for this idiot’s statements. We don’t like her any more than you do!

ConservativeMom on September 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

First, let me correct a few things, I am from Ca, and many of my neighbors are from the northeast, the fastest growing county in NC is from those areas, and we (Brunswick County) is probably the most conservative Republican enclave in NC.
It isn’t the past 20 years, R.C.Soles has been around for 42 years…and this state has been democrat for 114 years, until the huge influx came in and changed the face of this state.
And no they don’t “easily” cross party lines…Wilmington, liberal ran, proved that point last election.
However the Charlotte mayor, Pat McCrory will be our next governor because: Perdue is a nut case, he is a good man, and because of the “influx” of conservatives into NC.
Sorry to disappoint you, but we came in and saved your state…you’re welcome.

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

acasilaco on September 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM

You don’t know her…she meant it…that is how she thinks.

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

This poor sick Republic will resort to a state of war if any fool wrongfully attempts to subvert, suspend or stop any constitutional activity. Do these lame brains like Perdue have any idea what they are proposing and what the outcome will be?

rplat on September 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I think there is some unspoken rule that a true southern gentleman is a registered Democrat, but votes Republican.

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

She should have stayed in show busines…

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Seven Percent Solution on September 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Wonder which other parts of the Constitution she’s willing to suspend by majority agreement in order to “help this country”.

tommyboy on September 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

And the libs call Sarah Palin stupid?

Ward Cleaver on September 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I’d like to know why the audience didn’t react to this, I’d jump up and yell “WTF did you just say???”

Everyone was like, “oh yeah suspend elections for a few years, might be an idea to consider.”

Bishop on September 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Hey Bev, Hugo Chavez is single!

Ward Cleaver on September 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

That’s my Gov. Ain’t she great?

MJBrutus on September 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Hey Bev, Hugo Chavez is single!

Ward Cleaver on September 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

And he’s lost weight!

stvnscott on September 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

On the other hand, I recognize that if a Republican (especially Bush!) had said this, liberals would go apoplectic.

acasilaco on September 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Some liberals literally convinced people Bush was going to do exactly this, and went apoplectic anyway. Republicans, as far as I know, never uttered a word about wanting to do this…and people believed the liberals, when they said that’s what Republicans wanted.

Now we have liberals coming right out and saying it, and the liberal zombies will nod in agreement with it.

capejasmine on September 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

What are the laws in NC regarding recalling a governor?

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

It’s in their DNA. This is what you’re going to get every time you vote Democrat. I have zero respect for ANY politician who remains a Democrat.

VBMax on September 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Fire your plastic surgeon lady. You look like the joker… “TOOOO TIGHT… TOOOOOO TIGHT!!!”

/Pelosiface

Key West Reader on September 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

A Marxist. And a liar. Who knew?

faraway on September 28, 2011 at 3:54 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

What does Alinsky say about Bev?

Alinsky stressed that organizers and their followers needed to take care, when first unveiling their particular crusade for “change,” not to alienate the middle class with any type of crude language, defiant demeanor, or menacing appearance that suggested radicalism or a disrespect for middle class mores and traditions.

[Alinsky] was smart enough to avoid Marxist language in public…. Instead of calling for the overthrow of the bourgeoisie, Alinsky and his followers talk about ‘confronting power.’ Instead of advocating socialist revolution, they demand ‘radical social change.’

faraway on September 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

McCrory will be running against her…, “Uptown” pfft….

equanimous on September 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Too bad McCrory makes Chris Christie look conservative. He was the mayor of Charlotte the 2nd cesspool in the cesspool of North Carolina. (Durham being the first, Chapel Hill third).

SouthernGent on September 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Bishop on September 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Perdue: The name’s Perdue, Bev Perdue. And I come before you good people tonight with an idea. Probably the greatest–aw, it’s not for you. It’s more of a Shelbyville idea.

Monorail!

Christien on September 28, 2011 at 4:01 PM

We have total gridlock in Washington with a Republican-controlled House, a Democrat-controlled Senate, and a far-left President proposing bills that won’t pass either house, and Governor Perdue wants to lock them in place beyond 2012 until they get something done?

Gee, how ’bout we hold an election and maybe we’ll get a House, Senate, and President that can agree on something! Who’d a thunk it? Well, maybe a bunch of old white guys in 1787…

Earth to Mizz Purdue: Who died and made you Queen?

Steve Z on September 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Fire your plastic surgeon lady. You look like the joker… “TOOOO TIGHT… TOOOOOO TIGHT!!!”

/Pelosiface

Key West Reader on September 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

It’s almost as bad as Jerry Jones’s “I look like I’m doing 600mph in an F-16 with no canopy” face.

Ward Cleaver on September 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM

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.

Well done.

rrpjr on September 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I like to rib the libs whenever possible, but this just isn’t a real story. My take is that she was simply saying that politics on both sides of the aisle are causing people to do silly things in Congress and that our elected representatives are having problems governing because they fear losing their seats if they do the “right” thing. That right thing could be to raise taxes, cut taxes or to cut entitlement programs…or some combination of all three. It could also be to deal with certain social issues (abortions, DOMA, DADT, welfare, funding of the arts, etc.).

The House is at a disadvantage because they have to run every 2 years…which means they don’t get the benefit of people forgetting every vote they made…like Senators do.

ScottiesRule on September 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Someone last night was asking whether or not there was a “third” democrat who had said the same/similar thing. Obama has been saying it repeatedly…. to his supporters, the hispanic caucas… “If only… democracy is messy… I wish I could do this myself…”

Good luck finding ANY you tube videos left.

Unless Canopfor can do it, they been scrubbed.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

No elections -janitors/Jews: these folks are letting us see their real evil side without much prodding. What is amazing is that so many of them want this stuff to be reality. We are in a deadly age in America -and our freedoms have never been so fragile and eroding minute by minute from a Marxist enemy of freedom within.

Don L on September 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

On the other hand, Bev’s now got a much better chance of getting Woody Allen and Tom Friedman to campaign with her next year, if they’re down in the Tar Heel state for Obama’s DNC convention (heck, as host governor, maybe she can get this “cancel the elections” thingy written into the party platform for 2012…)

jon1979 on September 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM

One more facelift and she will have a gotee.

tommyboy on September 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Reminder: These are the same types that rail against voter ID laws. Talk about disenfranchising voters…

SouthernGent on September 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

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