Gary Pearce, the Democratic strategist, was more impressed with the Wolfpack than with Pat McCrory's inaugural. Here was his take on his blog, talkingaboutpolitics.com.
He writes: Raleigh was electric Saturday. The crowd was huge and enthusiastic. The stars outdid all their fans’ hopes.
Not the inaugural. The State-Duke game. (Go Pack!)
Governor McCrory’s early-season performance is like a basketball team that makes a brilliant play on one end, then commits a bonehead turnover.
His speech and its “Main Street” trope was good. But he said no money is “falling from the sky” right after he rained big pay raises on his Cabinet.
He pledged to embrace business and create new jobs, but he talks down North Carolina by saying it’s “broken” and its brand “tarnished.” Already, industrial recruiters say he has cost the state one big company by wavering on incentives.
He played the drums and mixed with the party crowds, but his friends at the Foundation for North Carolina (which cynics call “F*@#NC”) held a dinner at the Carolina Country Club and told the invitees to keep it a secret.
One Democrat saw McCrory's visit to the General Assembly on opening day as “good optics.” But, at breakfast this morning, another Democrat questioned the wisdom of linking his popularity to the legislature.
Another observer noted that new governors often have rocky starts. Looking to the long season ahead, he added, “The best thing Democrats have going for them is human nature.”