A Republican party which struggles so mightily for politicians capable of seizing the narrative and making the Left look bad?
Meet the antidote. Meet North Carolina’s governor Pat McCrory. Get the bumper stickers and t-shirts printed up right now; here’s a guy who knows how to show the Left up for what they are.
And now the story that goes with it…
Gov. Pat McCrory hasn’t been willing to meet with the women (and a few men) protesting an abortion bill that opponents say restricts access to safe abortions. But he did stop by Tuesday afternoon with a plate of chocolate chip cookies.
McCrory was flanked by four security guards as he came out of the mansion gates. Before stepping onto common ground with the protesters – he went as far as the middle of the street between his mansion and the vigil – McCrory pointed directly at Jamie Sohn, a Chapel Hill resident.
“I was like, ‘Me?’ and he nodded,” she said during an interview shortly after.
The security guards stopped incoming traffic. Sohn walked out into the street to meet McCrory.
Sohn said McCrory told her: “ ‘These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you.’ ” He handed her the plate of cookies, and waved as he walked away. She said she was too stunned to say anything back.
The whole group of abortion fans were too stunned to do anything.
So, in shock from McCrory’s random act of kindness, they made pretty much every mistake in the book.
First was the ingratitude…
The note says “We want women’s health care, not cookies.” And this “women’s health care” of which they speak is late-term abortions in Kermit Gosnell-style charnel houses, since the protest was in response to the bill McCrory signed that is similar to Texas’ 20-week abortion ban and health and safety standards for abortuaries.
That’s called a Narrative Fail. But it wasn’t over. Here comes Strike Two…
McCrory’s gesture was — considering his decision to sign the bill Monday — seen as a bit condescending by those present, who came up with an off-the-cuff chant: “Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn’t give cookies to a dude.”
Calling the governor a sexist for bringing them cookies and saying “God bless you” just makes you look bitter and small. Which is what the Planned Parenthood crowd is – bitter and small.
Strike three was the aftershock…
Planned Parenthood supporters had planned for Tuesday’s vigil to last until 10 p.m., but they cut it short, ending around 2:30 p.m. The women wore dresses styled after a TV show set in the 1960s, “Mad Men,” a nod to their perception that Republican policies are outdated and misogynistic.
From here on out, Planned Parenthood will focus on registering voters across the state, and getting people to speak out, said Paige Johnson, Planned Parenthood of Central N.C.’s vice president of external affairs.
“The legislators that have pushed through in a shameless way this restriction on women’s health, we’re going to make sure they feel it in their backyard,” she said.
McCrory had blown up the momentum of that protest, and when the pro-abort crowd had a chance to think about the fact that they’d come off as ingrates and insulted the governor, and that it wouldn’t play well, they decided to cut their losses.
Which means that from now on every time they try to stage one of their bitch-fest protests, they’re going to get cookies. They’ll get them from state legislators, from congressmen, from county commissioners – you name it.
Naturally, the Left is trying to spin this as a new Todd Akin thing. To see who these people are in all their splendor, see the comments under the Huffington Post’s piece about the episode. And the reaction on the local TV coverage, with the snarling maneaters griping about his having patronized them with baked goods and the immediate leap to “he’s telling us to go back to the kitchen and cook something,” only makes things worse.
McCrory’s spox had a great quote about that last bit: “Sometimes a plate of cookies is just a plate of cookies.”
The reaction at the hard-left Alternet site is the most delicious bit…
Probably not. While we can’t say for sure that the Governor was trying to be rude, cookies, after all, carry a certain amount of meaning, as Amanda Marcotte pointed out in Slate. “Next to sandwiches, cookies are probably the most potent edible symbol of the belief that women’s role is to shut up, give up their ambitions, and return to the kitchen.” Barefoot and pregnant, like in the good old days. Others tweeted that the gesture was the kind of “let them eat cookies,” statement, that no amount of “God Bless You’s” can disguise.
This is all over-the-top, and it’s exactly what Republicans need to bring out of the Left as often as possible. Force these morons to show themselves as the unreasonable people they are, and watch them go off a cliff – in this case over Republican passage of a bill implementing a policy supported by nearly three-quarters of the American public.
That’s what McCrory is doing in North Carolina, and while his popularity ratings haven’t exactly taken off as a result of signing that bill (at least, so says the left-leaning Public Policy Polling), the never-ending Hard Left street protests in that state will no doubt wear out the public there.
Republicans who sit still and allow these people to have the stage to themselves without forcing them to put their ideology on display have done far more damage to the party than the foot-in-mouth Todd Akins have. As Bill Whittle perfectly demonstrated earlier in the week, if you refuse to show them up they will win the narrative – and you’ll be a racist, sexist, homophobe.
They’re calling McCrory a sexist. But who looks more sympathetic – him, or the termagants and viragos who won’t eat chocolate chip cookies?