Doing the bidding of the 1% while abandoning your base:
Given the state’s bipartisan tradition of striking a balance between economic growth and maintaining a social safety net, North Carolina is simply not well suited for libertarian governance. Consider the GOP’s deeply unpopular refusal to postpone reforms to the state’s unemployment benefits by six months. Six months may not sound like much, but because they chose to implement the reforms on July 1st instead of January 1, 2014, 70,000 unemployed North Carolinians were stripped of their federal unemployment benefits in July, with another 100,000 set to lose their benefits by the end of the year.
Plainly put, the NC GOP is not fit to lead. Their preoccupation with unsound economic theories, combined with their inability to formulate their own policies, which is clearly demonstrated by their reliance on a whole slew of ALEC cookie-cutter bills, has made them an enemy of the people. Some of those people may not know it yet, but the sheer amount of damage that's already been put in motion will affect them at some time in the near future. And when that happens, the honeymoon is over:
Republicans were given an opportunity to govern conservatively and solidify their electoral gains for a generation. Instead, they squandered it.
Elected with a super-majority, Republicans have decisively lost that advantage in public opinion after implementing their agenda. The latest Civitas Institute and Public Policy Polling (conservative and Democratic pollsters, respectively) surveys show North Carolinians losing confidence in newly-elected Governor Pat McCrory and his GOP. This fall from grace was inevitable given policy choices that hurt working-class families combined with an inability to defend their reforms without relying on stale conservative rhetoric.
See, those Libertarian talking points sound good to the ears of many who have become disgusted with the way government operates. Part of the reason for that is they don't notice the good things that government does for them. Until those things begin to disappear, that is. In the absence of a magical transformation of the economy these draconian cuts are supposed to bring about, the reality of those cuts, and the human cost involved, will soon be on the minds of a majority of the voting public.
And I'm not sure even gerrymandering will protect Republicans from the inevitable backlash.