Listen as the collective liberal world hurls insults at North Carolina legislators (specifically Republicans) because they didn’t trust the Democrat-led Charlotte city council to keep their word. Nor should they.
In the Tar Heel state, Charlotte isn’t the only city led by progressives; there’s also Durham and other cities. And Charlotte gave legislators every reason to believe they weren’t committed to the deal negotiated by Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration back in October and before. The deal was: If Charlotte repeals their transgender bathroom access law, the legislature would convene in a special session to repeal HB2.
But Democrats didn’t want that deal, because they had momentum on their side, and lots of cash from outside LGBT and progressive groups. They even had the NCAA and the NBA doing their bidding. They used this political grease to help oust McCrory and give the state house to Roy Cooper, who claimed credit for the latest “deal” (which wasn’t any different than the original deal).
Charlotte’s city council met privately Tuesday night, in violation of the state’s open meetings law, and only partially repealed the original bathroom ordinance. Republicans in the legislature rightly saw this as double-dealing, since (a) the action was probably invalid and certainly subject to challenge, and (b) it was not a complete repeal.
Seeing this, the city council hurriedly called another meeting Wednesday, a public meeting in which they repealed all of the bathroom access provisions. But the seeds of betrayal were already planted, and Republicans put forth a bill with a 6-month wait period that Democrats would not accept.
Senate Leader Phil Berger, a Republican, put a statement on his website blaming Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and Senate Democrats.
“Their action proves they only wanted a repeal in order to force radical social engineering and shared bathrooms across North Carolina, at the expense of our state’s families, our reputation and our economy,” Berger said.
Berger said Cooper instructed Senate Democrats to vote against the bill, something Cooper denied at a news conference.
“There was an agreement among everybody. That’s why we called a special session,” Cooper said.
Susan Wright over at RedState has been following this issue closely. Here’s her take:
I watched the live feed of the proceedings and Democrats were beside themselves, desperate for a full and immediate repeal, unwilling to accept a 6-month waiting period.
Why not wait the 6-months? What difference would it make?
A likely explanation is that the same reason they refused to a mutual appeal in September stands now.
Her conclusion is the same as the Republicans in the legislature. Democrats didn’t want a deal, they wanted HB2 gone so they could immediately go back and put every ordinance in place wherever they wanted, as soon as Governor-elect Cooper takes the oath of office.
Let’s face it: 6-months and then a full repeal is a pretty good deal, if repeal was ever the goal.
Now it looks like HB2 will remain indefinitely, and Democrats will be able to pour derision upon every Republican legislator for the entire term, even though it was they who blocked the repeal. It’s right not to trust them.