Gov. Mike Whatshisname is boldly setting a new standard for honest and effective state government. Just listen to his stinging rebuke of the state Ports Authority’s use of a state-owned ferry for a lavish pleasure cruise off Beaufort.

“I don’t think it was a smart move,” he said.

Zap! Take that tax-payer bilking cronies! But wait! There’s more!

“Hopefully, we’ll prevent this in the future.”

Boom! A clear call for reform — Hopefully, we’ll prevent this in the future.

Kinda tells you all you need to know about state government in North Carolina, doesn’t it?