Gary Pearce's blog post today hits some of the highlights of why I'm optimistic about the November election.
Republicans strode up to the plate in Raleigh with big bats and high hopes, then whiffed on three straight pitches.
Strike one was teacher pay ...
Strike two was coal ash ...
Strike three belonged to Governor McCrory alone. He stepped up to the plate to be the hero on coal ash after the legislature struck out. But he tied himself in ethical knots by wrongly reporting his Duke stock on his ethics statement.
How big a sin is this? Well, look at it this way: If Bev Perdue had done it, the legislature would have impeached her.
So McCrory is in hot water, Thom Tillis is lagging behind Senator Hagan, Senator Berger’s son lost his congressional primary and – notwithstanding the advantages of incumbency, fundraising and gerrymandering – Democrats may be looking at a good fall season.
Unmentioned is an important 4th strike: John Skvarla's imperious tenure at DENR. Environmentalists on both sides of the aisle (hunters, tree huggers, fishermen, farmers, hikers and more) are disgusted by what's happening under Skvarla's watch. And while special business interests may be on the GOP bandwagon, average people are not. Look for voters to punish Republicans for their cavalier treatment of the environment this fall.