Surprisingly, the sycophants and apologists for all things portside in the newsroom at The Raleigh News & Observer first told us about Madame Governor suggesting elections should be postponed. Then, their editor jumped in, threw the reporter who broke the story under the bus, and pushed for the headline to be changed to reflect that Bev was just “joking.” Edtor Dan Barkin blogged:
John Frank, one of our politics and government reporters, posted to the Dome blog a remark by Gov. Perdue at the Cary Rotary Club to the effect that they ought to suspend congressional elections for a couple of years so the lawmakers can focus on the economy and not getting re-elected.
This got picked up by the Drudge Report, one of the most popular web sites on the planet not involving porn.
Right now there’s a big headline on Drudge: “Dem Guv Calls for Suspending Elections” below a pic of our Dem Guv greeting President Obama at the airport recently.
Which doesn’t precisely convey the levity in her remarks, but we’ll run our site and let Matt Drudge run his.
Anyway, John’s little Dome post got about 90,000 page views in 90 minutes by being linked off Drudge. It is up to 228,000 as of around 8 p.m. – DB
I will say that as a former Rotarian, usually the meetings involve singing things like “Oh, Susanna” and not the kinds of things that get you on Drudge. This may be the first viral Rotary Club story.
If it was a joke, North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue needs to polish her delivery.
Newly released audio contradicts the claims of Perdue’s press team that her call Tuesday for suspending Congressional elections was a joke or hyperbole. In the recording, her tone is matter-of-fact and her comments are part of a serious speech.
“Listen to the Governor’s words: She wasn’t joking at all,” North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood told The Daily Caller. “The congressional Democrats are wildly unpopular in North Carolina, so she may have been trying to invent a solution to save their jobs from public accountability.”
“If it was a joke, what was the set-up?,” Lockwood adds. “What was the punch-line? Where was the pause for laughter? It took them three hours to say it was a ‘joke,’ but when that flopped it became ‘hyperbole.’ We’ll just call it an unconstitutionally bad idea.”