McCrory on health care, a photocopy of....John McCain?

John McCain has a lousy health care plan. A lousy plan. As Joe Biden described last night.

Pat McCrory supports this fantasy, free-market health care plan, and what's more he thinks that when you do go into the open market there shouldn't be "mandates". Right, because mandates are like taxes - they are the boogey man. Or, are they?

The Palin Doctrine

Following the lead of George W. Bush and Carl Rove, Sarah Palin is on a mission to dumb down America. I call it the Palin Doctrine. And she's damned proud of it! Will North Carolina be duped? Again?

Note Palin's assertion that Americans long to have Joe Six-Pack in the White house. "It's time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency," she said. A McCain-Palin win will "put government back on the side of the people of Joe Six-Pack like me."

Those absurd comments just flew all over me. Governor Palin frequently spews chunks of folksy, anti-intellectual rhetoric. She would be deserving of pity, were she not so insulting.

Is the sun setting on the United States?

Those Brits are at it again! Over at teh BBC, they are asking if the United States with all of our financial difficulties of late are losing our status as a world superpower. Now, of course you know that only someone from a "foreign" place could ask this question. If anyone FROM the United States of America asked this very pertinent question, why that person would be an America Hater. Someone that hates the troops. Perhaps someone that would like to see the socialization of the financial industries in this country (oh, you say Bush and Co. already are working on that deal)?

From BBC:

Obama In Asheville

Barack Obama is coming to Asheville for his debate preparation. The next Presidential debate is in Nashville on Tuesday night. While no details about his schedule have been released to the public, there have been plenty of watchful eyes. Here are the rumors:

- Secret Service was all over the Grove Park Inn yesterday. Obama will likely be staying at the Grove Park Inn.

- The Vance-Aycock Dinner will be held Saturday night at the Grove Park Inn. Obama will likely make an appearance there.

- He may be staying at Governor Easley's "Western Residence", which goes almost entirely unused.

All you Ashevillains keep an eye out for Obama, and let us know what you learn!


Neocon War Machine Attacks Kay Hagan

I'm sure I'm not the only one reading this who just received a robo-call from "Freedom's Watch" attacking Kay Hagan for her stance on illegal immigration. But that call has absolutely nothing to do with illegal immigrants and everything to do with their fear that Kay won't be a puppet like Liddy Dole, helping them wage perpetual war in an effort to establish an American Empire.

Although Freedom's Watch was established in 2007 to promote the surge in Iraq, it's basically a construct to continue promoting the views and goals of PNAC (in exile) and the hawkish, ultra-right pro-Israel lobby:

Larry Kissell Leading by 11 in New Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Poll

Here's the release. I'm on the GQR press list and didn't get this since it was done for DCCC. I hope Dtrip will release the cross tabs. I'll get whatever else I can to you as soon as I get it.

Robin Hayes has gone extremely nasty. I knew something was up.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner poll today conducted September 28-29 that shows Larry Kissell leading Representative Robin Hayes by 11 points in the race for North Carolina's 8th congressional District. The initial head to head between Democrat Larry Kissell and Republican Robin Hayes is 54% to 43%. The poll surveyed 400 likely voters and has a 4.9% margin of error.

NC Family Policy Council Voter Guide Charade

A hat tip to long-standing community member usernamehere for reporting that the North Carolina Family Policy Council has just published its so-called "voter guide" for the 2008 election. I use the phrase in quotes, because guide implies that there is actually something of value included in the piece. In this case, however, only a third of those running for office in North Carolina even bothered to complete the ridiculous questionnaire.

Open thread: More on mayors

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I'm struck by the fact that mayors of every major city in North Carolina have come out to endorse Bev Perdue for Governor. This is a big deal. You see, mayors of many cities in North Carolina know each other pretty well. They work together on issues and lobbying, trying to make sure their cities get a fair shake in Raleigh. So what does it say about Pat McCrory that these mayors have endorsed Perdue? It says they know enough about Pat McCrory to know that they don't want him anywhere near the governor's office.


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