Buncombe County Republicans Feud Publicly

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis stuff almost writes itself.

Buncombe County Republicans lost everything in the November, 2006 elections, and it's been a bitter pill to swallow. While I don't pretend to know about the private machinations of the BCRP, the public faces of the party present a bitter struggle between conservatives and libertarians, and Party regulars.

In the fight to elect a County Chair to the Party earlier this year, Mike Harrison won over Chad Nesbitt. Harrison resigned shortly after his election:

"The chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party on Monday said he resigned from the post after personal attacks on his character and his wife’s character.

Mike Harrison said in a written statement that he left the job May 1. He had hoped his election to chairman in March would bring the party together, he said, but that did not happen." - link

Harrison supporter, Tim Peck, got into a very public conversation with Nesbitt supporter, Don Yelton. Peck and Yelton gave us a glimpse of the beginning of each group's encampment in what may be a long war of attrition:

All the links that aren't.

Edwards announces 1,000 rural supporters who have agreed to caucus for him in Iowa. (yes, this is a big deal)

From John Cole at Balloon Juice -

Won’t be written by Petraeus (via the fire-breathing pinko commie America hater Kos):

Despite Bush’s repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government.

And though Petraeus and Crocker will present their recommendations on Capitol Hill, legislation passed by Congress leaves it to the president to decide how to interpret the report’s data. The senior administration official said the process had created “uncomfortable positions” for the White House because of debates over what constitutes “satisfactory progress.”
From my standpoint, a report from Petraeus written by the WH isn’t a report written by Petraeus at all, and should be ignored. What is the point of even debating the results of this report? Why get mired down in arguing the specifics of the report when you know it is going to be full of shit from word one?

Patrick McHenry: Vexed by Lies and Videotape

Patrick McHenry has positioned himself as the House Minority Hypocrite with his performance earlier this month when he called House Democrats, "cheats". Not only did he have to eat his words, he may find himself having to explain how what happened that evening is cheating, especially in light of the numerous votes held open by the Republicans during their Reign of Error.

First, I should address McHenry's rabid frothiness at the idea that the Democrats cheated as they closed the vote on time with a close win in their pockets. Second, I just have to address the gushy goodness of the CharO's Lisa Zagaroli in the mulitple pieces she posted on McHenry in today's Observer. She obviously is enamored by the little munchkin and it leaves her reporting of events lacking a certain honesty that we expect from our corporate reporters here in NC.

Freep this poll! (Soldiers & Body Armor)

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing


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You go to war with the body armor you have or don't have - as the case may be. Usually, it is a definite LACK of body armor that is the problem.

It is a sad state of affairs when families and support groups need to be the ones buying and supplying body armor to the troops in need instead of the Pentagon. Thousands of soldiers dead and ten's of thousands wounded - many of which die to a lack of sufficient armor.

If you are a frequent reader, you know I founded BooksForSoldiers.com four years ago. Most of what we ship are books, DVDs, CDs, snacks, video games and magazines. Frequently we get requests for other items like tube socks, boots and even once got a request for IV pump batteries. It really strikes our heart when we get a request for body armor.

More after the flip...

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