Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight is out with new figures on how conservative the nation's 30 Republican governors are. They reveal something staggering--Pat McCrory is the ninth most conservative governor in the nation. In fact, he's to the right of the likes of Sam Brownback, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Jan Brewer, Rick Scott and Nikki Haley. When you're to the right of that crew, that takes a lot of effort.
The state Democratic Party immediately pounced on this with a release declaring that McCrory's self-designation as an "Eisenhower Republican" is an elaborate sham. As the release points out, McCrory has signed into law measures that gut unemployment insurance and let the earned income tax credit expire.