Pity poor Pat McCrory! He just can't quit humiliating himself. Who told him that a 15-minute parting video of self-inflation would be a good idea? Are there influential lobbyists in Raleigh working for the barf-bag industry?
Watching McCrory take those last shots at other people and whine that he was inadequately appreciated … plain tiresome, in between winces. He might have done better to pull down his lounge pants and moon the camera. I could have respected that. Gumption, at least.
He never had the gumption in the Guv's Mansion. He was never gonna be anything but Phil Berger and Tim Moore's door mat. Just days into his term, on Feb. 3, 2013, McCrory had already been dissed, steamrolled, and preempted by The Boss, Phil Berger, Republican leader of the NC Senate, assisted by others in the NC House.
Instead of standing up for stuff he wanted, as opposed to the stuff they wanted -- like looking into the benefits of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act -- McCrory ended up playing a far-fetched, scripted character part, "the Southern conservative pol" -- attacking UNC for its gender studies and Moral Monday protestors as paid outside agitators. But nobody bought that act. As far as the GA was concerned, he was tagging along on the hunt with wild beasts, and he had to wear the hair shirt for camouflage.
In the new video release, "McCrory reflects on his term as North Carolina's governor," he blames the Charlotte and Raleigh media, Charlotte city government, opponents of HB2 (particularly the ACC), Durham County (for unelecting him after midnight on November 8 with 90,000 surprise votes), college students who got to vote against him because the Voter I.D. law was declared unconstitutional (that law would have made it much, much harder for out-of-state college students to vote. Duke University in Durham County has a lot of out-of-state students.)
Best part? He claims he stood up to the General Assembly during Special Session # 4, when Republicans took back control of all the boards of elections in the state and stripped Roy Cooper of power, and he implies that he actually had a moderating influence: "I worked behind the scenes a great deal making sure the Department of Commerce wasn’t moved [away from Roy Cooper's purview], the Department of Public Safety wasn’t moved, the Supreme Court wasn’t packed.” He "still thinks" that parts of the bill to strip Governor Cooper's powers are unconstitutional (yet he signed the goddamn thing anyway! Way to flex that gubernatorial power!).
For embarrassing performances, I'd prefer to stick with proven Hollywood fare, like James Franco in "Spring Breakers."