Here's Carter Wrenn's take on the crowning of Art Pope as Gov.-elect Pat McCrory's budget chief. This from Friday's post in the Talking About Politics blog he shares with Gary Pearce:
"Pat McCrory called reporters down to the Albemarle building for a press conference and said two words and near about gave liberals from Murphy to Manteo apoplexy.
"He said, Art Pope.
"And five minutes later ole Chris Fitzsimmons was howling on Twitter, The Pope Administration begins...and about an hour later the Democratic Party 'Tweeted,' claiming Pat McCrory appointing Art Pope Budget Director was pure 'pay to play.'
"Now there's no doubt Art Pope is serious about Republican politics, but he's also unfailingly polite and, more to the point, when it comes to 'pay to play' he may be the most innocent man in North Carolina.
"After all, can anyone name one single government subsidy, one appropriation, or one government contract Art Pope's ever sought? He's even serving as Budget Director for free. So how on earth can the Democrats howl his appointment is 'pay to play?'
"The real reason the Democrats are having apoplexy isn't that they'd developed a sudden abhorrence to 'pay to play' politics - it's that Art Pope is dead serious about cutting government spending."