As support grows for a bipartisan effort to repeal and replace North Carolina's "bathroom bill," it appears Democrats are increasingly worried that this proposal might pass.
The state's array of Leftist think tanks, affiliated activist organizations, and their sympathetic newspaper editorial boards have been lobbying Democratic lawmakers against signing on to the bipartisan proposal.
They succeeded in turning one lawmaker already - Rep. Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg) who caved to the pressure. Rep. Moore offered the hysterically unbelievable idea that the bill he co-sponsored should not have included the thing it included when he co-sponsored it.
Over the weekend, editorial boards attacked the proposal demanding a full repeal of HB2 or nothing else.
And Governor Roy Cooper published a blog post opposing the bill, along with this martyrdom-meets-government-in-exile video:
According to Gov. Cooper, the rights of a minority should never be put to a vote of the majority. This is an argument I predicted would be made last week, as it is the most potent one.
However, it's also at odds with the currently-fashionable argument from Democrats that "This is what Democracy looks like." (Not that I expect anyone in the complicit NC media to take note.)
I have two concerns with this. First, it subjects the rights of the minority to a vote of the majority. It would be like putting the Civil Rights Act to a popular vote in cities in the South during the 1960s. Except today, it would come with the perils of modern campaigns. Which is my second concern. Imagine the endless campaigning — months of one side demonizing the other about whether LGBT citizens have rights. Toxic 30-second TV ads. Nasty mail filling up your mailbox. And North Carolina is still in the national news for all the wrong reasons.
As I said, it's the most potent argument.
Well, it WOULD be if the Governor did not undermine it immediately after making it.
We can find another way to address Republican concerns about local governments. For example, the state could require cities that want to add LGBT protections to approve them by majority-plus-one votes. I’ve suggested this to Republican leaders and Speaker Moore, even though I don’t like it, but they are unwilling to negotiate on anything without these referendums.
This is the exact thing Cooper says should NOT be done - subjecting the rights of the minority to a vote of the majority.
It matters not whether it's a majority of voters on Election Day, or their representatives on the local elected body. The principle is the same.
Gov. Cooper is speaking out of both sides of his mouth - saying rights are not to be decided by majority votes, while saying they should be decided by majority votes.
This, naturally, proves that Gov. Cooper has no philosophical foundation for his position. He is simply seeking the most-advantageous argument to support his pre-existing position.
And what, exactly, IS that position?
If I am being charitable, I'd say he wants HB2 repealed and for cities to have the ability to pass local Non-Discrimination Ordinances (NDOs).
How does his argument help get there?
By killing the deal. Which, in turn, continues the economic sanctions regime for which he advocated.
If I'm being cynical, I'd say he wants HB2 to remain law because it the only issue North Carolina Democrats think they can get any traction on.
And maybe we are right to be cynical...