Any monkey with a typewriter: GOP's Claude Pope lashes out at NYT editorial board | News | Indy Week
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Monday, July 15, 2013

Any monkey with a typewriter: GOP's Claude Pope lashes out at NYT editorial board

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Hands off your keyboards, North Carolina Republicans.

First Gov. Pat McCrory responded to a scathing New York Times editorial, published July 9, that criticized the Republican-dominated state legislature for the "grotesque damage" it is wreaking on North Carolina.

Now the N.C. GOP Chairman Claude Pope, a close friend of McCrory, has chimed in, penning open letter to the NYT editorial board.

It begins: "Thank you, New York Times. We southern hillbillies are always honored when the Old Gray Lady’s beacons of intelligence bestow their political wisdom from on high."

And it heads downhill—or is it down hillbilly?—from there.

"Why else would you be so serious about leaving the unemployed stuck in poverty, instead of helping them climb out of it by creating new jobs?" Pope writes.

Could these be the same unemployed people whose benefits were reduced or eliminated thanks to state Republicans?

He cites the state's "horrendous" high school drop out rates. Did Pope see that the rate hit a record low in 2011—2012?

And the double-digit unemployment Pope references was the byproduct of the 2008 Great Recession, during which 19 states, including North Carolina, recorded jobless rates of higher than 10 percent. But by January 2013, before the state GOP could really sink its teeth in, no states—not even the hillbilly Tar Heels—hit that threshold.

Pope rebutted the Times' contention that voter ID laws are being “rushed” through. They "have actually been in the works since January," Pope wrote. Yes, it's taken a long seven months to move one of the most pivotal pieces of legislation that could damage electoral democracy for years, even decades.

And he complained that the Times hasn't endorsed a Republican presidential candidate since Eisenhower in 1956. That means the newspaper did not endorse Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Bush I and II, John McCain and Mitt Romney, none of whom met the Times' "elite editorial standards."

Touché!

Tags: , , ,

Pin It

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

The trouble with Hillary Clinton is everything. She can't be everything to everybody, yet she tries. People like you, blinded …

by Joe p 3 on The Progressive Case for Hillary Clinton (News)

But what about all those cases of voter fraud? Crickets!

It is heartening that the judges weighed the obvious …

by Steve Bocckino on North Carolina Voter ID Law Is Discriminatory, Federal Appeals Court Rules, Striking It Down (News)

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation