To begin this discussion, we'll start with patronage:
Soles' retirement bill allows either district attorneys or judges to collect their pensions starting at age 62 if they have 20 years of service, reports Joseph Neff of The News & Observer of Raleigh. Under the old rules, DAs and judges can collect their pensions beginning at age 65, or when they accumulate 24 years of service. The bill likely affects only Gore, who is 62 and has 22 years of service. The bill means Gore, who admits he helped write the proposal, wouldn't have to wait three more years
Conventional wisdom, at least the type held by those who engage in this kind of behavior, holds that "party loyalty" would keep Democrats like me from criticizing R.C. Soles for doing this. But that wisdom is wrong.