Ranting Rabon tries to educate puppy mill advocates

He really seems to care. About what, I have no idea:

Rabon: We were informed that that bill would never leave the House.

Withers: How did this bill get through the House?

Rabon: Because the nature of the beast of the House, they are a bunch of "PUSSIES" (screaming). They got political heat. They said we can no longer sit on this. We know the senate will not pass it because it is a piece of crap, so we will send it to them and they will take the heat. Ladies and gentlemen, that is politics 101. They are the big boys and girls. We will put it in their lap. Let them get their butts kicked. Let them take the heat. They passed the bill on to the Senate to take the heat. They knew it would not pass the Senate.

I've read the entire transcript, under the mistaken assumption it would help me understand Rabon's position on this issue. Frankly, I'm not sure he even understands his position. Except maybe that the Universe is Rabon-centric and all matter revolves around him:

Slaughter: So, Dr Rabon, quick question: If you draft a stronger bill with more teeth, how confident do you feel that the other Senators will agree with you?

Rabon: Senator Wade and I and Senator Jackson (Chair from Ag.) We’ll get 48 votes.
The bill will be passed, 100%, if it’s sponsored by me. Once the Senate votes on it, it has to pass the house. It’s that simple, folks.

Withers: ???

Ingram: I want to ask something real quick. When you and I talked, you said that the special interest groups will be brought in. When will the special interest groups be called in?

Rabon: Yes, after we’ve met with the Governor.

Ingram: What's to say if the Senate passes it, it passes in the House?

Rabon: If sponsored by me, 100%! It‘s that simple folks. I don't mean to brag.

I'm pretty sure that's exactly what you're doing. Just as I'm sure the recent claims of "Legislative immunity" regarding voter suppression didn't just materialize out of thin air, it's something these idiots got together and discussed. Not sure Rabon came away from that meeting fully prepped, though:

If you are with the press (pointing at Anita August), that ain't allowed.

Withers: No, Anita is not with the press. She is my organizer of thoughts, and of information.

Rabon: I have legislative immunity. Means if I hear it or see it, it's a lie. I don't have to admit it. It has to do with legislation that may be pending or is written. Anything I write or what have you. By courts it can. You can say what I say. But I cannot recall. I will tell you . . . there may be other people in the state that are working on the same thing I am working on. It cannot be shared. A dozen legislators may be working on similar bills. . . . There may be others. Staff does not have the right to tell if it is going on.
Let's go.

Yeah, let's go. Right over to Central Hospital to get you evaluated...


Rodney Dangerfield

In case you were wondering where I got that intro sentence:

I haven't followed it this time

I haven't followed it this time, but in past efforts to advocate for animal welfare laws I've heard folks say that some of the opposition to treating puppies humanely comes from industry lobbies that are worried that it's a slippery slope to treating food animals humanely which might hurt their bottom line.

Again, I haven't read the latest hubbub to see if that's a contributing factor, but it could be where some of the heat or pressure is coming from. Big money in politics (or even the threat of big money) does seem to be a problem that touches almost every political issue there is.

Rabon touches on that

Well, he doesn't talk much about pressure from industry, but he does argue their position, making references to wording in the bill that "some judge" might try to misapply to include ag businesses such as pig farms. But all of that stuff was worked out in the House before it passed, from what I can tell.

The advocates in that meeting knew a hell of a lot more about that bill and other current laws than Rabon did, which I think is what get his dander up (yes, that was a veterinarian joke).


Rabon certainly has a high opinion of himself. Apparently he thinks he's the czar of the NCGA and he's above the law.

Arrogance like that doesn't belong in elected office. What an ass.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Spot-on reflection

of the Rabon Rant from our friend Gary at Talking about Politics

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Bill apologized

Kinda. Sorta. To Tillis and McCrory.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

He's sorry he got caught

That's all his "apology" amounts to.

PS Thanks for sharing Gary Pearce's post on this. It's right on the mark.

More great commentary

From the Charlotte Observer

“It takes 26 senators, it takes 61 representatives to pass anything, and then the governor has to sign it,” he said. “It takes one jerk to stop it.”

Well, at least he has self-awareness going for him.

So how did his fellow legislators react before Rabon apologized a day after the tantrum went public? Not with outrage at his language and tone toward his colleagues and the governor. Not with indignation at his gleeful chest-thumping about blocking legislation. Instead, Senate leaders took offense that someone would dare reveal what Rabon had said. They called the leaker “divisive” and “unethical.”

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis