A quick note on behalf of Congressman Brad Miller, who has temporarily lost his BlueNC password. Brad has a recommended diary on Daily Kos that'll do your heart good.
Thank you for all you did this year to help me and Democrats all over the country. The netroots were engaged and gave campaigns real energy. On election day we had hundreds of people standing for hours at polling places in a cold, driving rain. We had dozens more calling to get out the vote. We raised almost $1.8 million, much of it in small increments from thousands of people. Oh yeah, and I got 64 percent of the vote in a purple district against an opponent who probably spent $2 million.
We weren't exactly starting from scratch. I'd been elected to Congress twice before, and to the state legislature four times. But we grew our campaign dramatically this year. A big part of that was because of the support from the netroots. And other candidates, Larry Kissell for instance, did build impressive campaigns from scratch largely because of netroots support.
The "netroots support" he's talking about there is you, my friends.
You have to hand it to the Party of Greed, they're still operating as though nothing is ever anyone's fault. Like feckless fools, they stand by and watch their Republican colleagues systematically destroy America's reputation in the world, all the while claiming, "it's not my fault." Things just "happen" to them, they are not responsible for anything.
And if you don't believe me, just ask Liddy Dole. She's quoted extensively in Barbara Barrett's interview in O-No! today.
Now, after two years in the Senate's GOP leadership, Dole tumbles into the minority -- back to her status as freshman senator from North Carolina and, perhaps, out of favor among Republican activists frustrated at election results. Dole is satisfied with her performance.
A lot of attention has been paid to the effect of Bush, the war, etc. on the outcome of the election. In North Carolina, I think it is clear that trade was a much bigger issue than anything else in the Shuler and Kissell races. Now Public Citizen is attempting to link the gains nationwide to the issue of trade.
Public Citizen put together a report detailing a number of races where fair-trade candidates won in districts where they were underdogs, such as NC-11.
With Jim Black tangled up in ropes of his own making, positioning for Speaker of the North Carolina House is shifting into high gear. O-No! covered it today as did NC Policy Watch.
On Wednesday, three veteran lawmakers acknowledged their intentions to run for speaker if Black can't hold the position. Among them is Majority Leader Joe Hackney of Orange County, who previously had declined to talk about the possibility of a speaker's race. "It's obvious that there will be some people exploring that option as we go along, and I'd be one of them," Hackney said.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 11/09/2006 - 5:55pm
There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about just how the numbers are falling in NC-08. It all started when a precinct or machine was double counted in the wee hours Wednesday morning. It looked like Larry had picked up 122 votes. As it stands Hayes has 465 votes more than Larry.
There are almost 1500 provisional votes that have been cast, but I'm not sure if they've been validated yet. If so, Larry would need a little over 65% of them or 977 votes to win by one vote. Provisional votes will not be counted or added to the total until November 17.
The vote will be certified on November 28 and a recount can only be requested after the vote is certified. A recount can be requested if the difference in vote totals is less than 1% of the total votes cast. I can't imagine a scenario given these facts where this race will not face a recount.
"I'm not scared, but I am sobered by the responsibility, because this is a big change for me," Price said. "It's not what I went to Congress thinking I would do. But I'm here, and I'm taking it seriously."
I love Congressman Price's comment. It does my heart good to imagine leaders in Washington being sobered by their responsibiliites instead of looking for ways to screw the American people and engage in profiteering. Go read the article. There's some good stuff there, by Barbara Barrett.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Thu, 11/09/2006 - 1:12pm
I sat at west Asheville's Tastee Diner, a downhome bastion of old school Republicans, to peruse the Asheville Citizen-Times post election analysis. I'll excerpt a few pieces here, italicizing those bits I found insightful or salient and boldfacing those bits that ought to have been mentioned before voters went to the polls.
"Democrat Heath Shuler’s solid win over Republican Charles Taylor reflected a national revolt against a Congress mired in scandals and ineffective - at exercising oversight of the war in Iraq and at establishing tax, trade and health care policies that support a healthy middle class."
"Though a political novice, he has the natural gifts to be an effective voice in Congress. In a time when voters hunger for authenticity and integrity, he will be well served by remaining true to the mountain values he has espoused during his campaign."
Pundits and prognosticators are coming out of the woodwork today with all manner of revisionist history and self-indulgent back slapping. Having made their electoral predictions, they're all trying to prove how smart they might have been, as though anyone outside their tiny fan clubs actually cared what they had to say in the first place. It's a three-ring Puppetshow with ideologues sifting through their carefully constructed tea leaves to reach foregone, face-saving conclusions.
Their broad victory, however, was not a deep victory. It was not an earth-shattering, ideological transformation of the political landscape.
For those unfamiliar with the JLF Puppetshow, this is the kind of irrelevant, red-herring bullshit we've come to know and love. Who ever said it WAS an earth-shattering, ideological transformation of anything? Of course, the election was close ... this nation is sharply divided. And it sharply divided for one reason: right-wing extremists and free-market fundamentalists have spent the past two decades finding and exploiting wedge issues designed to erode our common ground.
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