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The Unlamented Political Demise of an Asshole

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Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4C3VE
Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR4C3VE

Pat McCrory has concluded that despite his best efforts the election is not close enough for him to steal:

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday finally conceded in the state’s governor’s race after dragging the election out for almost a month with complaints about alleged voter fraud.

In a video statement, McCrory said that it’s “time to celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history.”

Of course, the North Carolina legislature will try to do what it can to prevent the majority will from determining election outcomes in the future.

It should also be noted that this race is a pretty major problem for assertions that IDENTITY POLITICS cost Clinton the election. Mark Lilla’s fevered imagination aside, the rights of the transgendered were not a prominent feature of the Clinton campaign. But they were a salient issue in North Carolina, and…the result was one of the few bright spots for the Democrats on Election Day. Mean-spirited attacks on minority rights are not, in fact, always popular and mobilizing against such attacks can be good politics.

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