Dole comes out of hiding and starts lying right off the bat - media turns a blind eye.

The media has given Elizabeth Dole a pass. She has been hidden from the voters of North Carolina. Her campaign site - still no list of events. Her Senate site - no updated events since July. Why is Elizabeth Dole, who is losing to Kay Hagan, hiding from the voters?

Google searches reveal that Bob Dole has been campaigning all over North Carolina for his wife, but that she has been largely cloistered.

Two political observations

First: Did anyone notice a certain NC congressman who is in the fight for his political survival showed up as the fifth richest member in Congress? Not that there's anything wrong with being rich (sorry, folks, it's true). But I think it is fair to say that if you have increased your wealth as much as he has between 2006 and 2008 (even thru inheritance), and your district has lost massive wealth also between 2006 and 2008, it shows that A) you may be out of touch with your constituents and B) your individual success seems more important than your district's success.

Advice from John Hood?

Late though it may be, Mr. Hood appears to be coming to an awareness of the stunning and gross incompetence of the Republican Party. His party. The party that has given us over the course of seven short years: immoral war, a second great Depression, sanctioned torture, dangerous infringement of personal freedom, and worse. Hood doesn't come out and say it straight - he's not honest enough to do that - but it's all right there between the lines.

Today we are witnessing Bush-by-the-book: screw things up, party like there's no tomorrow, and leave all the problems to someone else. In this case, the disaster will fall into the hands of Democrats in Congress and a very likely Democratic president.

Rachel Hunter [Madame Justice] Judical State Wide Picks

TELL ME LIES TELL ME SWEET LITTLE LIES

Dear Friends and Voters:

I have taken the summer off and my partner, better known as “Max the Dog” has recovered from his first surgery on one leg and is gearing up for surgery on the other. I will not have much time after the next surgery and so much has been happening that I thought I would comment briefly on it.

Liddy's Money Part Three: The Bush Cabal

Much has been said about Elizabeth Dole's voting record in the Senate being strongly supportive of President George Bush's misguided policies, and that is a legitimate issue by itself. But I believe her behavior as a party apparatchik and deal facilitator has had a much more profound impact on the way our country operates and the direction in which our tax dollars flow. And the more North Carolinians are exposed to the truth about her dealings, the more likely they will realize that she's a salesperson to the moneyed elite, as opposed to a public servant.

Rules to bail by

If you read nothing else on the bailout debacle, read this column by Dean Baker, posted at NC Policy Watch.

The events of the last week showed the urgency of dealing with the financial crisis. There is a real risk that the banking system will freeze up, preventing ordinary business transactions, like meeting payrolls. This would quickly lead to an economic disaster with mass layoffs and plunging output. The Fed and Treasury are right to take steps to avert this disaster. While there is an urgency to put a bailout program in place, there are several important issues that Congress should address in the context of bailout.

Silver Mountain Baptist Church Group at Obama event

Disclaimer: The minister or church officials were not present or endorsing Barack Obama. These are members of a group at the church who attended the event together.

You can feel the positive energy. Barack Obama was wonderful, but the energy directed toward positive change coming from his supporters topped his speech in my book.

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