Presidential Debate Open Thread

Keith O is saying, "It's the stupid economy". The economy has overtaken the war in Iraq as the number one concern of many voters. Who is positioned to capitalize on this shift in the priorities of the American people?

Maybe their answers tonight will clear things up for those who haven't decided.

Which Republican will carry Michigan? Will Kos's endorsement push Romney over the top in the mitten state?

Join in the conversation below.

Featuring Pat On Bongos!

In a flurry of news that surprised exactly no one, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory threw his fedora into the Republican gubernatorial primary. Looks like our Three Stooges metaphor will have to evolve into something like along the lines of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

In any case, McCrory's entry into the race will definitely shake things up, especially since he promises to run his campaign like a garage band.

Why I will be giving my time and money to John Edwards this Weekend


I think the people behind this money bomb are being overly enthusiastic about the amount of money they can raise. (BTW, I am so annoyed I have to write this whole thing again because the machine ate it). However, the fact that I don't think they can raise $7 Million does not change the fact that once again, this Friday, I will be giving my money to John Edwards for President. Then, on Saturday, I'll be giving him my time.

I know something about John Edwards that not many other people know, I know that his supporters are still 100% behind him, all the way. Since the Iowa caucus I have done about 30 hours of phone banking in one form or another (staffing, working, calling) and I can tell you that phone calls to former donors end up one of three ways.

    The supporters give you another donation.
  1. The supporters tell you they just gave a donation.
  2. The supporters ask for a pledge card to be sent, because they don't like giving their credit card numbers out over the phone.

I can also tell you what DOESN'T happen...

Marshall Adame Live at 6:30 pm

We've been very fortunate at BlueNC to have a strong relationship with Marshall Adame, the man who plans to retire Walter Jones from congress. He has written quite a few articles and has provided us a first-hand account of what is going on in Iraq because the man was there and he wasn't playing peek-a-boo in the green zone.

Marshall will be with us Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm and has offered to stay and chat past our normal one hour span to make sure all questions are answered. Here is your open thread to post early questions.

Thanks and we'll see you all here tomorrow evening.

woo me with words

Let's agree that Tuesday is the expiration date for all of this. Its time we paid more attention to the boring parts. We can love each of them, we can rank them in order of who would be best to share a beer with. But if the last eight years is any indication, that kind of thing shouldn't be the only criteria we use.

Promoted by Betsy as required reading

Virginia Foxx: Hypocrite of the highest order

Via email from the Wicked Witch of the West, under the title: Bi-partisan legislation is the best hope for 2008

While there were nearly 1200 votes in 2007, very little was accomplished and what was accomplished came in the flurry of activity at the end of the session. Partisan posturing sucked the oxygen out of the legislative air and plenty of good compromise legislation languished in 2007. I am returning to the 2008 session with much hope that this year we can focus on the needs of the people of the 5th District and America and work in a bi-partisan fashion.

Representative Foxx, I hereby and officially call bullshit on your press release and your long-standing record of divisive partisan voting. Just in case you can't read, from what I can tell, you voted in a bi-partisan fashion exactly 8 times in 2007 (two were motions to adjourn) and not once in 2005 when the Party of Greed was in control.

How I got my @johnedwards.com account.

I'm enjoying life.

NOTE: I started this diary back in December. As you will read below, I was volunteering full-time with the Edwards campaign. However, unless you've worked with a Presidential campaign, you really don't know what "full-time" means. It means that there really isn't an extra hour or two laying around to write a blog post if that isn't your job. It means two or three hours of sleep a night. It means...the best time of my life!!!!

Many of you might have seen my pro-JRE diaries at Daily Kos. "The year we stole a Christmas Tree" was popular recently. Maybe some of my John Edwards Mashup diaries from earlier in the year. Or, maybe some of you might know me from the things I focused on before the 2008 election, like MRDD, the original Scientist Registry at Daily Kos, or health care. In fact, after 2004 I really thought my entire focus would be on North Carolina issues and North Carolina races. Not the Senate or Congress, I was diving into the weeds of the legislative races. I even wrote a series of diaries about it at BlueNC. But, along the way something happened.

US Senate candidate Jim Neal drops by for an interview - and baked ziti

It's not every day that you land an interview with a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and the chance to have one come to your home to do it is probably even more unlikely, but that's what happened yesterday. Jim Neal, who's ready to unseat Senator Elizabeth Dole, came by. As most of you know (unless you've been under a rock), Jim is the first openly gay candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. I naturally have a particular interest in this race, since my blog covers national LGBT issues, but the fact that I'm based in the Tar Heel state and a NC native, it's all doubly important to cover this campaign and its significance.

Jim was on a packed Saturday schedule. In the morning he attended a political candidate grilling by the N.C. Association of Educators, and after leaving our place, he hopped on a plane to Miami for a fundraiser, so I'm glad he was willing to take a few hours out of the day to do this.

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