When I ran across the headline at the Raleigh News & Observer that said N. Carolina Governor Perdue had “joked” about suspending upcoming elections until the economy can be turned around, I started reading the story waiting for the part that made it clear that she was joking. I still haven’t found it:
“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.”
Hmm, sounds like somebody is worried about the next election. Maybe a video of this would make it clear she was exaggerating, but I think it was more a peek inside the head of another Dem who senses the house of power crumbling around her.
I’d like to submit a “joke” that Perdue might find as funny as I find hers: Instead of cancelling next year’s elections, let’s move them up to next Tuesday!
Perdue’s office was the one that later insisted she was engaging in hyperbole (too late… the GOP already has a nice quote for their ads):
“Come on … 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,” Perdue spokesman Chris Mackey said in an email to TheDC.
In explaining away the Governor’s “hyperbole,” what they’re basically saying is “in a perfect world, elected officials could only truly do what’s best for the public if they could take comfort in the fact that the public doesn’t have any redress against their actions.” That won’t exactly smooth things over with those who have a problem with what Perdue said.
Update: Former Obama Budget Director Peter Orszag joins in: We need less democracy.
“Democracy” is a great thing until it starts holding people accountable for the consequences of their actions, at which point those same people have the audacity to revolt against Democracy rather than admitting their policies led to ruin.
Update: Listen to the audio from Perdue’s speech. “Joking”? Not at all.