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File this in the random-things-politicians-say file. Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."

The comment -- which came during a discussion of the economy -- perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious -- but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.  (Read her full remarks below.)

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue's office clarified the remarks: "Come on," said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve."

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. Here's a statement from GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood: 

“Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?"

UPDATED: GOP House candidate Paul Coble didn't think much of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's idea that congressional elections be suspended for two years so Congress can concentrate on the economy.

“That’s a proposal that only the politicians that have worsened our economic mess could appreciate,” said Coble, who is chairman of the Wake County commissioners. “Governor Perdue and the politicians in Washington may fear the message voters send next November.” 

Perdue's full statement (or hear what she said here):

"You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It's a little bit more contentious now but it's not impossible to try to do what's right in this state. You want people who don't worry about the next election."


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reply to The GOP already suspended elections

The GOP already suspended elections: Interesting; can you supply some documentation?

 

  The GOP already suspended

 

The GOP already suspended elections:

Interesting; can you supply some documentation?

They love me in China.

The love me in China.  They love my ideas.  They suspended elections years ago.  I can't remember the last time they had an election.  I'm very popular there.  My ideas are catching on.

Governor's statement

We don't operate government on a "that sounds like a great idea" basis.  Suspending the democratic process should never happen.

Suspend elections

A real stretch to put that she was joking.  I don't see any support for that in what she said and to include it in the article's title is bad journalism at the least and, more likely, indicative of partisianship.

Now if we have one more election and then freeze elections with that result... hmmmm how would she like them apples.  The fact is that folks that believe in the constitution and love our republic would never even suggest such a silly idea, even as a joke.  She is unfit to serve.

It's a bird. No, it's a plane. No, it's a joke, hyperbole, etc.

What Bev said is no big deal.  My Grandma still thinks everything will be all right because we are still holding Richmond.  And those Rotary Clubs can be a real tough audience so you got to come up with game changers to hold their interest. 

 

Suspending elections 'til things get better?  How long that might be?  20 years?  Who decides when things are "better?" 

I think the Governor proclaimed herself the "Jobs Governor."  Maybe she should talk about fulfilling that role rather than talking nonsense.

The GOP already suspended elections

One word -- supercongress.

The GOP's insistance on a supercongress threw democracy under the bus and replaced it with an unconstitutional redistribution of power to a handful of people.

The GOP in the NC General Assembly passed a law to strip eligible voters of their right to vote.  This is not a 'what if', this actually happened, and it was vetoed by Govenor Purdue. Trying to require picture ID was nothing more than the GOP *permanently* cancelling elections for anyone who exercises their right to not have a state-issued ID.

Also, the GOP has several high profile party members pushing to take away the right to elect members of the US Senate.  No Democrats are pushing for this.  None.

The GOP thanks everyone for being distracted about 'what if's while they continue their work to silence the voice of the people they hate.

? Yea great idea !

Let's just suspend election's. Unbelievable but sadly not shocking coming from a Died in the wool Liberal

Wow

I've said it when she was first elected!!  North Carolinians we have the WORST governor in the US.  I still scratch my head when I hear her speak.  How did we let this happen.  I'm a Democrat folks!!  I would rather vote for anybody then her she's clueless and she's bad for the cause!!

Bev Wants to Shelve Elections?

Where is the RECALL petition to evict this woman?

I need to sign it.  (I'm only NOT joking!)

election suspension

No need to suspend the elections ! Change the laws...Encumbents should not be allowed to actively campaign. They may appear via tele-conference at campaigns and their organizations can campaign...otherwise they stand on their records, their votes, their comments.

However, if the opposition or the incumbent makes any personal attacks that are measureably false and lacking in credibility, and if proven to be untrue, the incumbent is allowed to respond to the attack and the opposing campaign is billed for a two minutes of air time on one local station. The other stations will cover it just for the newsworthiness. That should suppress some of the sleaze and the 1/2 truth claims that should not be taken seriously. Opposing campaign should be about records, votes, speeches and promises made but not kept, or how promises made were denied by opposing parties. This will save millions of taxpayer dollars as incumbent politicians use the perks of their office to support their campaigns. This should be for PRESIDENTS too. That would save a billion or more and it will reduce campaign spending and result likely in higher turnover of career politicians whose records never match their promises and whose blunders should not be obscurred by a media personality blitz. 

election suspension

No need to suspend the elections ! Change the laws...Encumbents should not be allowed to actively campaign. They may appear via tele-conference at campaigns and their organizations can campaign...otherwise they stand on their records, their votes, their comments.

However, if the opposition or the incumbent makes any personal attacks that are measureably false and lacking in credibility, and if proven to be untrue, the incumbent is allowed to respond to the attack and the opposing campaign is billed for a two minutes of air time on one local station. The other stations will cover it just for the newsworthiness. That should suppress some of the sleaze and the 1/2 truth claims that should not be taken seriously. Opposing campaign should be about records, votes, speeches and promises made but not kept, or how promises made were denied by opposing parties. This will save millions of taxpayer dollars as incumbent politicians use the perks of their office to support their campaigns. This should be for PRESIDENTS too. That would save a billion or more and it will reduce campaign spending and result likely in higher turnover of career politicians whose records never match their promises and whose blunders should not be obscurred by a media personality blitz. 

No need to suspend the

No need to suspend the elections ! Encumbents are not allowed to actively campaign. They may appear via tele-conference at campaigns and their organizations can campaign...otherwise they stand on their records, their votes, their comments.

However, if the opposition or the incumbent makes any personal attacks that are measureably false and lacking in credibility, and if proven to be untrue, the incumbent is allowed to respond to the attack and the opposing campaign is billed for a two minutes of air time on one local station. The other stations will cover it just for the newsworthiness. That should suppress some of the sleaze and the 1/2 truth claims that should not be taken seriously. Opposing campaign should be about records, votes, speeches and promises made but not kept, or how promises made were denied by opposing parties. This will save millions of taxpayer dollars as incumbent politicians use the perks of their office to support their campaigns. This should be for PRESIDENTS too. That would save a billion or more and it will reduce campaign spending and result likely in higher turnover of career politicians whose records never match their promises and whose blunders should not be obscurred by a media personality blitz

 

Suspending Congression elections

No need to suspend the elections !   Change the laws...Encumbents should not be allowed to actively campaign.  They may appear via tele-conference at campaigns and their organizations can campaign...otherwise they stand on their records, their votes, their comments.

However, if the opposition or the incumbent makes any personal attacks that are measureably false and lacking in credibility,  and if proven to be untrue, the incumbent is allowed to respond  to the attack and the opposing campaign is billed for a two minutes of air time on one local station.   The other stations will cover it just for the newsworthiness.  That should suppress some of the sleaze and the 1/2 truth claims that should not be taken seriously.  Opposing campaign should be about records, votes, speeches and promises made but not kept, or how promises made were denied by opposing parties. This will save millions of taxpayer dollars as incumbent politicians use the perks of their office to support their campaigns.  This should be for PRESIDENTS too. That would save a billion or more and it will reduce campaign spending and result likely in higher turnover of career politicians whose records never match their promises and whose blunders should not be obscurred by a media personality blitz.

Joke? The only joke is this leftist sycophantic fishwrap

Joke?  The only joke is this leftist sycophantic fishwrap of a newspaper.

There was absolutely nothing "joking" about Bev Perdue's tone or delivery, or in the full context of her remarks.  Bev Purdue is an authoritarian halfwit who wouldn't know the Constitution from her breakfast cereal.

The News-Observer is a disgrace to the profession of American journalism for covering up for, instead of being a watchdog of, the powerful.

Governor Perdue

The Governor needs to review the oath of officeshe took.  She took an oath to defend not to severt the Constitution of these United States!  

Worried?

Democrat politicians are terrified.  They can plainly see that, if things continue on the present course, they are going to lose the 2012 elections in a landslide and have no power to prevent the repeal of the socialist policies they have imposed on us in the last several years.

 

Bev Perdue, worst Governor!

I am so ashamed to have to admit this creature is my Governor. She is Obama's Governor. She does exactly what he says do, jumps as high as he says jump, goes against every word of the Constitution that he wants her to, cares not and thinks not about NC residents. The only thing she does is cater to Obama's and the socialist left wing liberal democrates every whem. I guess all can see she refused to have NC on the list of states to stand up against Obamacare. UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

suspend voting--- like the USSR!

This woman is blatantly out of her cottin pickin mind! Who in this world voted for this moron? She evidently has had a relapse of stupidity. I do not think it is a joke, but how she actually feels.

Gov. Perdoo

Jeeez yall, it is North Carolina, weez dont kno wat ur all upset about, she waz jest kiddin!

suspending elections

Lincoln didn't suspend elections at the height of the civil war. What's up with suspending them now? Surely that was a worse situation than we are in now.

Taxation without representation...

...equals TYRANNY, according to our Founding Fathers.  Or has Governor Perdue forgotten her history classes?
 

Subterfuge

She can always claim to be joking, but that joke would not have occurred to her if she was a republican. The fact is, no matter what year it is, what propels many of the votes made by Congress is how its going to look on their record at the next election. I rather like the idea of a five year term and then go back home, or work for someone else who is now going to be in charge--if they get elected. Still we could have some long-term cronies that kept putting their man in, but it would reduce that need to be reelected. Along with that make Congress responsible for the laws they pass as well as everybody else, and don't give them a government-style pension--what, for five years service? Give them a 401 K like everybody else.

She is serious

The Gov. sounded serious to me. I think they will use anything to get elected at this point. Remember they don't let a crisis go to waste it's part of their liberal playbook. The Constitution is a pesky document that gets in their way and right now they seem to be getting desperate. NC should call for her resignation now!

Seriously?

Come on folks, there is no way anyone who is bright enough to use a PC to post comments could actually believe Bev. was serious. You're just using her comments to attack "the other side".

 She was just stating the obvious. Congress has around a 15% approval rate for precisely the reason that she sited, they are so busy campaigning for reelection that they have no time  or motivation to make decisions which benefit the people of this country.

How many of you on the attack team think that congress is doing it's job? How many think that if the Democratic party were abolished forever and the Republicans stood alone that they would cease the political battles and dedicate themselves to looking after the well being of the general public? Same for the Democrats, if they stood unopposed there would be no fighting, no brinkmanship, no sensationalizing? Those folks tear each other apart during the primaries, they lie and distort, just as badly amongst themselves as they do during general election.

I'm not a Bev fan, but she does have something right, the folks in the Washington legislature need to be relieved of the worry of reelection. Extend the term, give 'em all 5 years and then send them home, never to return. Let the public rate their accomplishments like a teacher performance test, you did good, here's your pension. You didn't do so well, here's some Papa John's coupons, have a nice dinner. You screwed up, here's a bill for all your expenses over the past 5 years.

Yea, not reality based thinking, but then neither is claiming to take her comment seriously.

Whaz up?

Does Bev have a drug problem? Seriously, postponing these elections would be like canceling Christmas. 

She is the joke...

If what she proposed wasn't so abhorrent, coming from an ELECTED official, I'd laugh, but she was dead serious...

In happier times, this would have ended her political carreer, but now, it cements her position in the UNdemocratic party.

Let's Suspend Liberal Democrats Instead of Elections

Having listened to her words, not just having read them, it is clear that the Governor has lost her mind . . .   if she ever had one.

Having been born at Rex Hospital and living most of my life in Raleigh (although I left in disgust several decades ago), I'm very familiar with NC politics and politicians.  Hell, I even remember when Josephus Daniels (the man who started the N&0 and was Sec. of the US Navy and Ambassador to Mexico) died and where he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery; so I feel I have some basis for my opinions.

The NC democratic party is a corrupt and corrupting organization and a cult of personalities.  Kerr Scott spawned a son who became governor and he spawned a daughter who proved her ilk when made to serve time for graft.  Terry Sanford, worst of the progressive dems,  kissed enough Kennedy behind to get himself elected, too.  What a waste of skin.  Ask the folks in Laurinburg who knew him just how much they admired him? (not at all).  Then you have Jim "Wallow in the Public Trough" Hunt and his henchment.  How long was the state encumbered by this Wilson County worthless POS?  Was it 16 years?

And how about Johhny Boy the Hair Cut Edwards?  I'm sure Tar Heels everywhere are just so proud of this cotton mill sweepings that they have 'tingling run up their collective leg.'

The outrageous manifestations of the Reconstruction Period caused the republican party such disrepute in NC that it was more than 100 years before they elected a governor.  One can only hope that the lunacy exhibited by so many democrat politicians will convince the citizens to let a century pass before electing another democrat.  But, there are too many who have migrated from the rust belt - and brought along their political faith - for NC to be so fortunate.  Bev herself is a carpetbagger, not born nor reared in NC.

NC is experiencing hard times both financially and politcally.  It wouldn't be too hard to build a believable case poslting that the former circumstance is a direct result of progressive democrats, may they and their progeny rot in Hell for Eternity.

so we can focus on economic recovery and not the next election?

Simply put, if they had been doing their job well throughout their elected term, they wouldn't have to put any effort into campaigning for the next election. 

Their record would speak for itself!

Perdue

If it was George Bush who had said that, she would be the first one yelling at the top of her lungs about the constitutionality of such a bombastic statement.  Pure liberalism and DIP WAD'ism at its finest.  Hypocrites to the marrow.   Gads how sick I am of them....

Perdue

Never trust a politician who is named after a "chicken."

Progressivetopia

Democracy gets in the way. I say we install a progressive dictator for life (Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Howard Dean. Maybe we can have all 3 in a progressive junta). We can all be cheerful little serfs who are put to work building bike paths and serving the elite their espressos. We will enjoy free health care so long as we're good and behave by their rules (no smoking, no fat, no CO2 emissions) and will have guaranteed servitude, er I mean jobs for life.

Go ahead, Perdue, make my day(!)

Perdue wasn't joking.  She's a fool.  But if the belligerent parties of Congress do seek to overtly suppress the will of the people, let them. 

Let them suspend elections.

Let them declare martial law. 

Let them hear loud whizz-bang answer from the good people (versus the sheeple) of these United States of America  :)

There will be a VERY swift, effective, wonderful and patriotic outcome.  The whole notion is very exciting.

Well, there you have it...

just more proof that liberalism is a severe mental disorder.

Treason is no joke

The Governor's message was not a joke in tone or delivery. She intended to solicit others to adopt her extreme point of view. Lastly, treason is not funny. It is certain grounds for impeachment.

Or how about...

Instead of suspending elections...how about holding them early!  Why wait to fix the real problem?

Suspend elections ......

Does "suspend elections" sound familiar?

It occurs in backward, third world countries where those in power are scared of change. Obviously, the Governor is worried about what is going to happen in November.

The problem of politicians looking toward the next election rests, not only with those in Washington, DC, but those in Raleigh as well. Those politicians would be more highly respected if they would decid to govern based on doing what is right for the people of our state and nation, rather than what's right to get a vote.

The politicians are the problems, not those of us who vote. So, Bev, don't even suggest that we lose that right, even temporarily.

Can't do both?

Unable to multitask are we?  Of course she is NOT kidding.  Pitching an end run around the constitution is commonplace for these people.   

  "You want people who

 

"You want people who don't worry about the next election."



 
 
 
So her solution is to suspend elections? 
 
I have a different solution:  Since they're so worried about the next election that they're politically impotent, how about voting out self-serving liberals (redundant, I know) like Perdue?

There will be no riots...

...because even his core constituency is so fed up with this failed, socialist community organizer that his single-term fate is sealed already.

The overwhelming majority of voters will ask themselves one question as they enter the booth:  Am I better or worse off than I was four years ago?

Even his Kool-Aid swigging Obamabots know the overwhelming respondent consensus.

Congratulations are in order, President Peanut!  James Earl Carter, Jr.:  Prepare to relinquish your crown.

We have a new worst POTUS ever.

This all-too-typical Liberal NUT

Peter Orszag just printed an article saying the same thing.  Obama has opined that he wished he could "work around" Congress.  Woody Allen and a few other Hollywood libs have said the same thing.  

These are not jokes.  Liberals are the most frightening threat to a Democratic Republic. At heart they are "let them eat cake" elitists who think the average voter is just too stupid to vote properly.  They say shockingly arrogant and stupid things like this because, at heart, they are dictators.

They prove every day the maxim "Absolute power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".  

Which is EXACTLY why the Founding Fathers created the system that they did so that absolute LUNATICS like these liberals can only hold limited power and remain answerable to The People,

That is why the Founding Fathers created the election process that they did, and here we have another leftwing nut opining how great it would be of Congress were NOT answerable to the People.  They ignored us when they passed Obamacare' - how did that work out for them?  A HISTORIC drubbing at the polls.

We need leaders that LOVE the institutions as they were created to function to safeguard us from dictators.  Not those who wish for dictatorial powers.   The Constitutions safeguards are FAR more important than someone's agenda. 

Hey you Carolinians! If you

Hey you Carolinians! If you kick her out you'll be doing her a big favor! She'd have no competition for any office she wants in California.

next year

Around this time next year, you'll hear threats of rioting in the streets if Obama is not re-elected.

"I really hope someone can

"I really hope someone can agree with me on that."  This statement alone shows that Purdue was not only dead serious about suspending elections, she also hopes her belief gains traction and becomes reality.  No reasonable person says "I hope people will agree with me on this" if they are joking. 

So you are reduced to believe one of two things.  Either this woman is an incompetent fool who can't speak a coherant sentence, or she meant her statement in earnest.

Either way, she is not fit for the job and must be removed from office.

Constitution

The media has already started their campaign to re-elect Obama. THey present him as a strong leader, which he isn't, and are trying to narrow down the Republican field to the weakest they can find. Notice most of the Republicans candidates are not getting any coverage. Paul and Huntsman are essentially ignored. THe media attempts show the Tea Party candidates as extreme and to marginalize them.

Obama has clearly lost the independents and comments like this from a Democrat only alienate them further. Good.

Banana Dictatocracy

Suspending Congressial elections

Someone always has to throw the first volley and would bet you will hear more dem govenors coming up with the same idea.  I truly expect Obama to declare marshal law if he can create the opportunity and stop all elections because he is doing so poorly and people have woken up to the change they can't believe in.  I hope the Republicans are on alert.....this administration back doors everything.

Suspending Elections

She wasn't joking.  This calls for either resignation or impeachment.

I HOPE THAT REMARK WAS

I HOPE THAT REMARK WAS TONGUE IN CHEEK111

@Drewwimp

I'd be real happy if you told us how the Tea Party is "obstructing" anything; especially when O'Bummer has had everything he wanted done.

Oh this explanation will be good.

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