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.
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.