Monday, August 03, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Okay, North Carolina Governor
Pat McCrory is a Republican.

But are Congressional Republicans
Truly Republicans?

August 1, 2013 --

The New York Times, July 13 printed a letter from Governor McCrory responding to a Times editorial, July 10. That editorial , in a subhead, blamed Governor McCrory and the North Carolina's Republican legislature for "systematically dismantling the state's reputation for progress and tolerance."

The editorial --"The Decline of North Carolina" -- asserted that since "Republicans took control" (the Times doesn't like to admit that Republicans get elected) of the governor's office and the legislature "state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot."

The editorial added that "[t]he cruelest decision" had just gone into effect: ending or cutting federal unemployment benefits for thousands of North Carolinians.

Gov. McCrory wrote back, in part: "While it may not be apparent to the very liberal worldview of The Times, North Carolina's new focus on reform is paying off." The governor cited plans by companies to create 9,300 jobs in North Carolina "and invest more than $1.1 billion in facilities." For LPR, it is remarkable that Gov. McCrory responded to the Times' attack on him and North Carolina Republicans.

This is not the way congressional Republicans respond to anti-GOP hate speech. Generally, congressional Republicans -- perhaps following the example of silence set by Newt Gingrich, early 1995 -- let the left smear and smear and spear without reply.

The Times, in an editorial , July 12, asserted that House Republicans were dominated by "extremists" who have "little interest in the future prosperity of their country, or its reputation for fairness and decency."

Next day, the Times blasted congressional Republicans for brutally and savagely acting in a way that will take food out of the mouths of the poor.

LPR has yet to see a response from Republicans to the July 12 and 13 anti-GOP political hate speech in the editorial columns of The New York Times.

The silence of congressional Republicans in the face of vicious, venomous attack has prompted LPR to begin to wonder if they are actually Democrat double-agents.