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Since she couldn’t eliminate elections, Perdue now wants to eliminate Congress

Remember when N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested we bypass elections in 2012, and she and her supporters, and they include The News & Observer, tried to claim it was just a joke? Objective sorts pointed out that there was no indication of a joke at all in her delivery, but, since it was such a stupid and unbelievable thing for her to have said, most people defaulted to the joke explanation.

Maybe those people will think twice about that assessment after hearing that Perdue and a bunch of other Democratic governors met with President Obama yesterday to see how they could subvert the Constitution by bypassing Congress entirely:

President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals.

Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. …

Governors present included Govs. Jerry Brown (Calif.), Jay Nixon (Mo.), O’Malley, Christine Gregoire (Wash.), Bev Perdue (N.C.), Peter Shumlin (Vt.), Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), Deval Patrick (Mass.) and Pat Quinn (Ill.).

But I’m sure they were just joking.

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