Protest signs rest on a table with cookies during a special session at the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Lawmakers finalized a $201 million hurricane and wildfire relief package Wednesday, sought by Gov. Pat McCrory in a special session he called. But they didn't go home as fellow Republicans then called their own session to weigh legislation, some of which could threaten the incoming Democratic governor which sparked protests. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

When Democrats Stripped the GOP of Power The Media Was Not Hysterical

Back during the 1990’s and into the 2000’s Republicans were on the rise across the South. In Mississippi, voters put Republican Kirk Fordice in the Governor’s Mansion in 1992 after having Democrats going back to 1976. Democrats in the legislature promptly cut the incoming Governor’s powers.

Those powers were restored when Democrat Ronnie Musgrave got elected in 2000, but then restrained again when Haley Barbour became Governor.

Through it all, the national media never complained.

From 1875 to 1987, Democrats held a monopoly on Alabama’s state races. When Republican Guy Hunt got elected, the Democrats in the state legislature moved quickly to neuter him as best they could. In 2003, when Bob Riley got elected, Democrats did the same.

Through it all, the media never complained.

This has actually not been that unusual. Both parties have done this historically. Now, however, North Carolina’s gubernatorial race is the Democrats only real prize in Campaign 2016. The Republicans have done to incoming Democrat Governor Roy Cooper exactly what Democrats in North Carolina’s legislature did to James Martin as he entered office in 1985.

But now the media is hysterical. This is the death of the republic. This is undemocratic, which is laughable. Republicans have massive majorities in both Houses of the North Carolina General Assembly and they’re just following in the footsteps of the Democrat legislators who came before them when confronted by Republican Governors.

If the republic could survive all of those, I’m sure the republic will survive now.

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