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(30,613 posts)
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:10 PM Apr 2016

What's the deal with the simultaneous political suicide of all these southern governors?

Pat McCrory (NC) - signed an anti-LGBT bill
Phil Bryant (MS) - signed an anti-LGBT bill
Robert Bentley (AL) - had an affair with an employee

I mean, I appreciate the opportunity for Dems this opens up, but WTF?

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Arugula Latte

(50,566 posts)
1. Is it suicide, though? The dipshits of those states keep electing these type of cretins.
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:11 PM
Apr 2016

Note to potential alerters: I'm not saying everyone in these states is a dipshit. But there are enough dipshits to keep electing rightwing loons.


(31,539 posts)
9. Yes, in the case of McCrory and NC, it is political suicide.
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 03:10 PM
Apr 2016

He was only elected because the Dems weren't able to bring forward a decent candidate with name recognition
when Bev Perdue decided--on very little notice-- not to run for re-election.

Enter McCrory, who had previously run for Governor and was viewed as a moderate Republican who had
been Mayor of Charlotte.

Huh. Not after Art Pope got hold of him.

He's toast. Roy Cooper has a lot of respect--and name recognition-- in NC.
And HB 2 has created a lot more visibility for him.


(32,372 posts)
2. They believe they are doing the right thing
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:11 PM
Apr 2016

At least in the first two examples - and they are probably thinking they will be rewarded for it.


(2,543 posts)
3. They're playing to their base
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:13 PM
Apr 2016

End of discussion.

They know what will get them re-elected in the reddest of red states. They have no incentive to do otherwise. Gawd will forgive them and the gay will be banished. Win-win in the deep south.


(7,769 posts)
5. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (LA) - took Louisiana from surplus to $1.6 Billion deficit
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:16 PM
Apr 2016

AND made an anti-LGBTQ "Religious Freedom" executive order (to be rescinded by the new Democratic Governor).


(30,613 posts)
6. So "Religious Freedom" is the Orwellian term for
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:19 PM
Apr 2016

"You are free to adhere to any religion as long as it's the state-sponsored brand of anti-LGBT hatred."


(14,400 posts)
7. That's pretty much it
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 02:22 PM
Apr 2016

I'd love to see the support a Muslim cafe owner would have if he tried to stop xtians from coming in.


(23,730 posts)
10. it's a sort of "theological engineering"--the oillionaires who bankrolled the late-70s
Wed Apr 6, 2016, 12:52 AM
Apr 2016
Baptist Coup basically put interests and the state above the churches, making them total tools of capital


(100,440 posts)
8. That's what the South does best. Cheat on their wives and discriminate against LGBT people.
Tue Apr 5, 2016, 03:04 PM
Apr 2016

It's the circle of shit and it screws us all! Tell me again why our political system favors these dipshits?



(4,510 posts)
11. These aren't pick up opportunities. Bentley is term limited anyway and the other 2 are playing to
Wed Apr 6, 2016, 12:56 AM
Apr 2016

their base.


(30,613 posts)
12. How 'bout down-ticket?
Wed Apr 6, 2016, 02:21 PM
Apr 2016

Demotivating moderates (and motivating Dems) will hurt the GOP in swing districts.



(4,510 posts)
14. I can honestly say it won't matter in AL I've never seen as many confederate flags as I've seen
Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:19 PM
Apr 2016

there recently. NC maybe but that's a pretty big maybe.

Proud Liberal Dem

(24,545 posts)
13. Bentley is really the only one at risk of "political suicide" at the moment
Wed Apr 6, 2016, 02:46 PM
Apr 2016

It's too early to see what will happen with McCrory and Bryant, though of the two of them I would bet that McCrory is going to be hit hardest over the law he just signed.

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