Shakespeare and the Carolina Coup

Some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases best explain the soap opera that Pat McCrory’s campaign has cast our state in with this desperate attempt to salvage the election.

“Seen better days” – As You Like It II, vii

Remember when democracy worked in such a way that the person with the most votes won? Rather ironic when it comes to the North Carolina gubernatorial race because the person with the fewer votes seems to be acting as if he was supposed to have gotten the most votes.

“Budge an inch” – The Taming of the Shrew, Induction, i

At every instance of McCrory protesting votes and spilling propaganda, Roy Cooper’s lead has not even budged one inch. In fact, it has grown.

“Pomp and circumstance” – Othello, III,iii

All of the motions and legal actions taken by McCrory’s campaign have simply been pomp and circumstance. But nothing defines this grand illusion more than the Civitas Institutes lawsuit over same-day registration. Interesting how the word “civitas” means a “body of citizens” because our body of citizens has already elected Roy Cooper.

“Method in the madness” – Hamlet, II, ii

Simply put, McCrory wants to hijack the election through a political coup through a maddening exhibit of baseless claims.

“Neither rhyme nor reason” – The Comedy of Errors, II, ii

McCrory’s assertions of a rigged election that actually out people like Trump in national office and Dan Forest back as Lt. Governor make no sense other than that the people in NC see a better option for governor in Roy Cooper’.

“It smells to heaven” – Hamlet, III, iii

Bullshit does that.

“Wild goose chase” – Romeo & Juliet, II, iv

McCrory’s campaign has been on a wild goose chase since the night of the election. The problem is that McCrory’s goose has already been gotten.

“Forgone conclusion” – Othello, III, iii

That’s right. Cooper won.

“A sorry sight” – Macbeth, II, ii

It is a sorry sight that McCrory has not already conceded the election. But when you are too busy on a wild goose chase that defies rhyme and reason for the sake of pomp and circumstance and smells to heaven, then it is hard to see how sorry of a sight this is.

“The be-all and the end-all” – Macbeth, I, vii

Isn’t that what voting brings? The end-all and be-all?

“Good riddance” – Troilus and Cressida, II, xvii

When sanity sets back in and Cooper is declared governor then I will say “Good riddance.”

 

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