Whatchu Talking ‘Bout, Tillis?

Specifically, he’s paying homage to an old classic, “Let’s You and Them Fight!”:

There is so much fail packed into this vid it’s hard to pick a starting point.  Let’s start with the point that this is the so-called “Establishment” GOP candidate – probably because he declined to actually wear a hood during this appearance.  Make no mistake about it, he’s every bit the raging lunatic the GOPTea Party loves – just tones it down enough for public consumption (perfect for those who think that Cliven and Sterling are beyond the pale only because of their coarseness, and also totebaggers searching for that ever elusive “moderate” Republican).

Next, let’s look at this bit of foolishness (emphasis mine):

What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance … We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice, in her condition, that needs help and that we should help. And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point, “You’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.” And we’ve got to start having that serious discussion.

OK, so he wants to show respect to someone who is “obviously” disabled – neatly forgetting that a great many Americans suffer from disabilities that aren’t visible to the naked eye – are people who use benefits in public to be interrogated to see if they’re “worthy?”  Second, encouraging certain of the citizenry to look down on others is a GOP staple, and in the long run benefits neither those looking down nor those being looked down upon – it’s all crabs all the way down at that point.  Of course, when you’re the one holding the pot, you can even brag to the crabs that you’re doing the boiling – and the GOP voters will likely chip in for the butter.

There’s only one way Tillis and others like him are going to be beat – and that’s by a candidate that will run on the ACA instead of running away from it.  Kay Hagan, speaking at the Burwell confirmation hearing:

While Republican senators mostly went through the motions with their anti-Obamacare talking points or outright endorsed Burwell as Kathleen Sebelius’s replacement, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) used her time to trumpet the benefits of Medicaid expansion — and emphasize the downside of not expanding.

Left unsaid, but strongly implied, was that her opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, who locked up the GOP nomination earlier this week, had been instrumental in stopping the state from expanding Medicaid under the law.

“Last year in North Carolina, our state legislature and governor decided against expanding the state’s Medicaid program,” Hagan said as she started her questioning, “and as a result, about 500,000 people who would have qualified for coverage through Medicaid are not now able to do so.”

“These are some of the most vulnerable in our society,” she said, “who will continue to seek care in emergency rooms and then will leave chronic conditions unmanaged, which we know is detrimental to their health and the economy.”

There are many in the state that have been shocked and appalled at what McCrory, Pope, and company have done to the state since the 2012 election; if enough of these voters get behind Hagan, she stands a good chance of winning reelection.  But she can only win if she stays on her current course – should she start playing Blue Dog, she will lose.  She can win without the bigots, but she won’t win without the rest of us.

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