Bless their hearts.
That was not a typo. Or euphemism.
Gov. Pat McCrory hasn’t been willing to meet with the women (and a few men) protesting an abortion bill that opponents say restricts access to safe abortions. But he did stop by this afternoon with a plate of chocolate chip cookies.
McCrory was flanked by four security guards as he came out of the mansion gates. Before stepping onto common ground with the protesters – he went as far as the middle of the street between his mansion and the vigil – McCrory pointed directly at Jamie Sohn, a Chapel Hill resident.
Sohn said McCrory told her: “ ‘These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you.’ ” He handed her the plate of cookies, and waved as he walked away. She said she was too stunned to say anything back.
(Photo by Irene Godinez)
The protest pretty much spluttered out of existence, after that: after ungraciously returning the cookies – they couldn’t even muster up the common courtesy needed to return them in person – the small group of protesters created a desultory new chant that didn’t even scan and went home about eight hours early. Witness the power of pure, unadulterated cognitive dissonance, brothers and sisters; these people simply could not handle protesting a guy who stopped by to give them chocolate chip cookies. Those cookies hit them square in their self-image, and they apparently just couldn’t handle it.
I’m going to be chuckling about this all day. Cookies. It really is true, what they say about the Dark Side…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: It’s never going to work again, alas: offer this group cookies a second time and they’ll probably do something vaguely petty and belabored with them. Which is a shame, but not a reflection on us.