He who shall not be named

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I'm not sure why reporters at the N&O feel obliged to report on the monthly coven meetings of Art Pope's Civitas organization, but I'm glad they did this week.

Conservatives poked through the rubble of last Tuesday's mid-term elections and decided that North Carolina Republicans didn't do a good enough job in providing a coherent message or raising enough money. At a luncheon sponsored by the Civitas Institute, Jack Hawke, the president of the conservative think tank, said the Democrats had a substantial money advantage.

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Hawke released a post-election poll that showed the only issue that Tar Heel Republicans were strongly associated with was opposition to illegal immigration.

While 25 percent of the voters polled associated the Democrats with improving education, only 4 percent of the voters associated Republicans with the issue. On health care, 21 percent of the voters thought the Democrats were trying to improve health care, while only 12 percent associated the issue with Republicans.

"In the state of North Carolina, the Republican Party has no identity," said Hawke, a former state GOP chairman. "There is no issue that the voters pick out and say this is what Republicans stand for."

Sorry, Jack, but that's just wishful thinking. Everybody in North Carolina knows exactly what the NCGOP stands for. Tax cuts for the wealthy. Pitting us one against the other. Undermining public services. Destroying government.

Those are the drums you've been beating again and again and again. Those are your marching orders from He Who Shall Not Be Named. It's no wonder the people of North Carolina have rejected the destructive agenda of the Greedy Old Party.

Comments

Is it political?

Rob Christensen was on the agenda so I'm sure a little coverage was in the bag.

Also take a look at this snippet in the same paper today:

Is it political?

The mishap [in H-100] probably wouldn't have happened if the General Assembly hadn't divided the precinct, argues Jack Hawke, a former state Republican Party chief who now heads up the conservative Civitas Institute think tank in Raleigh.

Election officials said the group alerted them Monday when their analysis of some close legislative races found exceptionally high or impossible voter turnout figures in split precincts.

"It just opens the door for fraud," Hawke said. "It's just an invitation for problems."

A similar problem occurred in Lenoir County, where about 200 voters in some precincts received ballots for the House races won by Van Braxton and Rep. William Wainwright, D-Craven. The margins in those races are large enough that the mistakes won't affect the outcomes, said Lenoir elections director Dana King.

Is this "non-partisan" organization political? You bet it is.

well, Mr. Hawke

if I remember correctly, about a year ago the NCGOP alligned straight as a quiver of arrows behind one theme -- anti-immigration.

Now you're trying to blame your losses on not having a unified message?

You had a very unified message. You always do. The GOP has to have a loud unified message in order to redirect the voters' attention and keep people from seeing what you're really about -- protecting the interests of multi-national corporations and super-rich elite classes in NC. Don't even try to pretend that your problem was you had no unified message. Y'all put up billboards equating terrorists with immigrants. Republicans from Sue Myrick to Vernon Robinson and Bill Graham to Fred Smith bloviated on and on about building fences and deporting immigrants. A few of them are still happily yapping on about it.

Anti-immigration was the GOP's wedge issue of the year in NC. It was supposed to get you votes. The tactic was as deliberate as getting a marriage ammendment on Arizona's ballot. The problem wasn't that you weren't united behind the issue. The problem was that it didn't work.

Your low opinion of the average NC voter is what did your election machinery in this year. (That, and the fact that the Democrats did what you never expected and got mad and got organized.) Maybe North Carolinians aren't quite as mean and ignorant as the GOP party elite thought.

Quit your bellyachin' about your losses and your "issues" association like someone else foisted your culture of greed and hate on you. meh.

Your losses serve you right. Looks to me like you made your own bed, sir. So you can kindly STFU.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Whew!

Remind me to stay on your good side whenever possible.

Way to call 'em out!

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

They're just so smarmy,

you know? For some reason I just couldn't shake my head and turn the page today.

I'm really a pussy cat 99% of the time. :)
Ok. 90% of the time.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I know how you feel

I used to click on the Carolina Journal almost every day to see what "reports" they had cooked up. It didn't take long to discover they it's all just the same recycled baloney again and again.

But I love it when Greg or you or Momo or anyone else digs in and calls them out. We have to stay after them because without us, their multi-million dollar opinion manufacturing machine will continue to run amok ... and North Carolina will be all the worse for it.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

You used to read that stuff

everyday? Wow. See, that is dedication to the cause. You must have a strong stomach. I try to watch NC Spin, but it doesn't work out most Saturdays. I have to turn it off.

Thanks for staying on top of the JLF voodoo-policy factory. I enjoy reading your posts about them. You're a true public servant, A. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Maybe that's where I lost my mind

It got stolen by da Puppetmaster.

:)

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Dastardly

sue tha bastids!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."