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To call this disappointing is to put it mildly:

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general said on Friday he would appeal a federal court ruling that struck down a Republican-backed state law requiring abortion providers to conduct an ultrasound and explain it to a woman before an abortion.

The move puts state Attorney General Roy Cooper, widely considered the likely Democratic challenger to Republican Governor Pat McCrory in 2016, at odds with many in his party who opposed the law passed in 2011.

Anyone keeping track of the goings on in my home state knows that North Carolina's General Assembly has managed to undo 20 years of progress in just a couple of sessions, but when the folks who are ostensibly on our side are complicit in it, either by sins of commission or omission, it hurts even more. And when it's a talented politician like Cooper (who, full disclosure, I have worked for) who wants to have a future in North Carolina politics, well... that's the cruelest cut of all.

But can I get a brainless quote from a local professor to insult my intelligence, too? Yes I can:

"It's an interesting and odd kind of twist," said Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College. "Maybe he's road-testing how far he can push that base to recapture some folks in the middle."
What a brainless piece of analysis. Forced ultrasounds is not a pet issue for "folks in the middle." Anyone who believes this is a good idea wouldn't vote for Cooper anyway. It's as poorly calculated a political decision as it is a questionably calculated legal one.

What a bummer... I guess my donation I had for Roy Cooper will now go to Clay Aiken instead.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations." - Barack Obama

    by Yeggo on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:38:26 PM PST

  •  Triangulating by looking like he's "doing his job" (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, tmservo433

    OR, maybe he's doing an Ackbar and setting up a trap, knowing that the appeal will more than likely be struck down.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:43:31 PM PST

    •  Doesn't matter his motivation (4+ / 0-)
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      tmservo433, KayCeSF, Calfacon, Val

      He is defendingin forced ultrasounds, and undermines the Democtratic stance throughout the state.  He has no business calling himself a Democrat.  

      Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

      by Leftleaner on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:34:18 PM PST

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      •  Hold on there. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't like it when good Democrats go toward the right. But if there is some politician out there who is anti-abortion, I'd rather have him on our team than the GOP. We should want as many politicians as possible to be Democrats, as that translates into power for the national Party. I'd rather that Cooper be pro choice; but if he going to be anti-choice, I'm not in favor of kicking him out of the Party.

        •  If he were in Congress I could see the (1+ / 0-)
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          Argument, although even there  there comes a point at which they are more destructive than helpful. For instance, so-called Democrats in New York and Washington state have joined with the rethugs.  But supporting forceable ultrasounds as attorney General is intensely anti-woman, and as a prominent state official will taint the entire party. I assume he is also anti-woman in other ways, such as equal pay.
          I do not want a party where women's rights are considered secondary to the needs of the party.

          Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

          by Leftleaner on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:55:28 PM PST

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        •  There is a problem with this (2+ / 0-)
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          Val, stellaluna

          I get the idea of saying: we want to be big tent. And it's true.  But there are elements where you have to say.. ok, you've now left our tent and you are out on your own.

          I don't mind if a democrat says and is personally pro-life.   That is their choice.  But using government tools to force those viewpoints on others is decidely against the majority of donors and those who help fund the party as well as stated goals.

          If a party is so accepting that it will tolerate someone enacting policies the exact opposite of what it professes, then it really represents nothing except for trying to win.   That isn't a valid reason to hold together a party that is supposedly united by ideology.

          No, if he really wants to go balls to the wall on this and he isn't being pushed by the Governors office or the state house - which if those are the case then he's hemmed in - then no, I'm not so OK with this.

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

          by Chris Reeves on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:58:36 PM PST

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          •  So if he announced that he is switching (0+ / 0-)

            to the GOP, you'd think that is a good thing?

            •  I'd say it wasn't much of a loss. (3+ / 0-)
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              tmservo433, KayCeSF, stellaluna

              But then, I am female and would actually have to deal with the consequences of this goddamned law in a pretty intimate way if I were still in my reproductive years.

              The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

              by irishwitch on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:03:32 PM PST

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              •  I think no matter what we're better off (0+ / 0-)

                with him being a Dem. He probably agrees with us on something or other, while no Republican does. Plus, he could become governor some day, and having the statehouse in Democratic hands is always a great thing.

                •  Not if he signs more anti-female legislation (4+ / 0-)

                  and if he only agrees on "soemthing" (I live in the SOuth; there aren't all that many actual Dems down here in G--Nunn and carter may atually have a chnace--and no one from anywhere but here wouldn't consider them Dems.  They're not evem Rockefeller Republicans. Sorry if th ass is in the statehouse he won't veto more stupid anti-female bills.

                  I am sick and tired of being told we women should just take it for the team.  How about finding a REAL Dem who isn't a Repub in a not very cleaver disguise?????

                  The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

                  by irishwitch on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:50:50 PM PST

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              •  This isn't a female issue (4+ / 0-)
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                irishwitch, Val, stellaluna, Calamity Jean

                It's a civil rights issue and as important as any other.

                Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

                by Leftleaner on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:23:35 PM PST

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            •  We'd be much better off (1+ / 0-)
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              Leftleaner

              Cold fact.   If you are running candidates who will work against your own interests, then you surrender the issue before you have even started.

              You are better losing a race then running a candidate who you are philosophically opposed to.

              Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

              by Chris Reeves on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:47:42 PM PST

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        •  If he's anti-choice, he's likely to be anti a lot (4+ / 0-)

          things that matter to me--like Plan B and actually effectuve contraception.. Sprry, if he's gonna defend this law, he's not a De, in my book. But then I am female and unlike men, I would have to undergo the forced ultrasounde. It's sooooo much simpler when you're a guy and never have to actually face the consequences of actions by this guy.

          He'd lose my vote unless he were truly wionderful  on every other subject---but it's beenmy experience in my 64 years that men who area nti-choice tend to be pisspoor on equality issues all around.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:01:33 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, 'cause if we get lucky with your plan, (2+ / 0-)
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          Leftleaner, KayCeSF

          doc2, then both parties will be stuffed to the gills with RWNJs who will get rid of Roe v Wade legislatively and generally pass the Tea Party Agenda, good idea ya got there.

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:20:47 PM PST

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  •  There is nothing middlin' about (2+ / 0-)
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    mandating unwanted, unnecessary, and expensive medical procedures for women and their doctors who know what the best course of medical action is.  Cooper needs to get that message LOUD and CLEAR.

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:48:28 PM PST

  •  I suspect something like this... (0+ / 0-)

    As the "Token" Democrat in a government currently full-up of Republicans, he probably is doing this to keep his job...

  •  NC GOP is made up of... (0+ / 0-)

    ...ALL former Democrats. They started migrating after the Civil Rights Act of the 1960's, got another nudge when they elected Jesse Helms senator and yet another when Reagan got elected.

    This state (I live in Durham, NC) is in such  a mess politically, I don't see it getting any better for at least 5-10 years.

    It's turned into the rural red counties vs. the blue urban areas. I think the last time we saw politics like that it was called "Kosovo".

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