I am sure that this has been talked about and explained before, but I want to give my take on why Art Pope's electioneering is bad. This is mostly in response to the question that most outside of bluenc would ask, which is, "Why does Art Pope matter?"
Extreme partisanship is a threat to any democracy. This was well known in the 18th century, prompting George Washington to famously argue against political parties and permanent treaties. However, since then we have had varying levels of party politics, from the benign early-mid 19th century to 1860s and 1870s, from 2001 to 2006. However, this new brand of partisanship takes things a step further. It is not that Richard Morgan lost his idealogical way, nor is he a bad Republican. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn that Morgan was responsible (directly or indirectly) for the lowering of income and state taxes in our most recent budget. However, what he did do was to place his own personal goals above that of his party.
Often, when someone places themself above their party we say that it is bad (like Joementum), but in this case, Morgan's goal was not just one of power, but of a wish to actually make a change in our state. I believe that the ability of Black and Morgan to work together has been very good for our state, and has proved that good policy can win over partisan fights.
Art Pope seeks to tear this all down. His goal is to make every vote within the legislature either unanimous or along party lines, in the ultimate hope that a few democrats will break ranks every once in a while. His goal is not to implement positive public policy. His goal is not to make North Carolina a better place to live and work in.
So, how has he sought to achieve these goals? Well, he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to destroy those who have been most public about their support for reaching across party lines. He has very clearly made illegal contributions, and created illegal ads, which follow neither the letter nor the spirit of the law. Although he might be getting into trouble because of it, the bigger concern that we must have is for the future of this state.
While Morgan was in power it was standard operating procedure for Republicans and Democrats in the house to work together to solve the problems that face this state. This bipartisanship has lead to one of the best budgets ever passed by this state. In January, regardless of what happens in November, this state will be in less capable hands. I say that because without Black and Morgan working together, members of both parties will have less of an incentive to work together.
We must not only reject the efforts of Art Pope. We must not only say that he is a bad man. We must not only hope that he is prosecuted for his efforts. We must do everything in our power to make sure that those who show up to work in January reach across party lines to find solutions that will benefit the poor AND businesses. Solutions that will benefit both hunters AND gun control advocates. Anything else means that he has won, even if he spends 5 years in jail for it.
Please excuse the length, I got on a role. As a disclaimer: These are my thoughts and not those of Lyndon Helton's (since I work for him).