Mike Easley, what are you thinking?

Cross-posted at dKos

I'm trying to get my head around Mike Easley's endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Quite frankly, I'm mystified.

As most of us know, Hillary on the top of the ticket effectively cedes most of the former Confederacy (except for Virginia and Florida) to McCain. Obama, on the other hand, has committed to fighting for North Carolina in November. I would think that this would be a no-brainer for the de facto leader of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He should have his finger on the pulse of this state.

Instead, Easley has effectively decided to throw away his vote at the Democratic convention. What particularly mystifies me is the statement of Easley's wife that Hillary has the tools to bring people together. Um, have you seen the polls? Nearly half of voters don't trust her.

The only defensible reason I can think of is that Obama turned down an invitation to debate here in North Carolina. Um, Governor? He did agree to debate earlier--but Hillary turned it down.

Sorry, but unless I really missed something, I don't understand Easley's thinking at all.



Now there's a concept.

Perhaps she guaranteed him a spot in her cabinet

As education secretary or something. Yet another reason to vote for Obama. If we let this guy loose on all the public schools in the country, dropout rates will soar, test scores will nose dive and more and more kids will be in trailers or home schooled. Being in trailers is bad. More kids being home schooled would actually be a good thing.

Perhaps he's hoping that he could

get the VP nom and then he could be Cheney II (no public appearances, no mingling with the rif-raf commoners).

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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