McCain'a last stand against the landslide

Sen. John McCain visited North Carolina today in an attempt to stop a Democratic landslide which could sweep down the Republican ticket, not with the force of the Nixon surge which in 1972 washed Jesse Helms into the U.S. Senate over Nick Galifianakis, but with destructive effects nonetheless.

My “First Day of Change” Agenda

We’ve had too many people behaving unethically in North Carolina state government in recent years. It’s a shame and it’s disconcerting. And it makes the job of the state’s next governor much harder and much more important.

I am committed to changing the face of state government on day one of my term as Governor. That’s why I have made a “First Day of Change” pledge to issue a series of executive orders and directives immediately after being inaugurated.

Below is a list of the changes that will be made on Day One. I’d love to hear what you think and how else you think we can improve the ethics of state government.

He's an @$$hole. That's part of his appeal.

Char-O delivers a McCrory puff-piece today, no big surprise since they've already endorsed the guy.

A seven-term mayor, McCrory plays political ringmaster, and he enjoys it. And it shows. He literally backslaps, grabs the arm of the person whose hand he's shaking and leans in close to talk. He's a wisecracker who, standing in the back of a room during a speech, tells jokes in a stage whisper to the person next to him. His answers can be sketchy on details, but he also isn't afraid to say “I don't know.”

He also possesses an infamously short temper that has flared in private and public alike.
“He does lose it occasionally,” said McCrory's predecessor as mayor, Republican Richard Vinroot. “And sometimes that's not very becoming, and he would admit that. But that's part of his personality and, frankly, part of his appeal.”

There you go. The Charlotte Observer Republican mindset: Pat McCrory is an asshole. That's part of his appeal.

Dean Smith backs Obama



"Linnea and I respect all that Senator McCain has done for our country. However, we feel strongly that it is Barack Obama who offers the real leadership our nation needs to tap its potential as a land of opportunity — even as we face difficult times at home and abroad."

- bumped with picture, click to visit the webpage. Robert P.

Dole Campaign is out of Money

According to an article in the News & Observer, Elizabeth Dole is now personally financing her failing senate campaign despite having raised around $3 million this quarter.

Dole and her campaign declined to say how much she has pledged to her campaign, but the commitment came recently enough that it won't appear in campaign finance reports due this week.

There is nothing wrong with someone lending their campaign money, but Elizabeth Dole has always touted her ability to raise money. She started this campaign with a huge cash advantage over Kay Hagan and she has drained through that with three weeks left to go in the campaign. Three weeks in politics can be a lifetime.

McCrory Opposed the Law That Stopped Mega-Landfills

Maybe you’ve seen our campaign’s ad about McCrory wanting to turn North Carolina into the garbage capital of the East Coast. Pat’s already trying to spin his way out of the issue, so I wanted to make sure you all were reminded about the background behind this important issue.

The Issue:

Pat McCrory was asked what bills he would have vetoed. He said he would have opposed the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007:

“House Bill 1492, Solid Waste Management Act of 2007: I would have vetoed this bill for several reasons including the fact that it cost North Carolinians jobs, hurt our economy and raised taxes.” [News and Observer, 8/31/08]


The Background:

The Solid Waste Management Act of 2007 was an important piece of legislation that protected North Carolina’s economy and environment by keeping out mega landfills that would approach 300 ft. high – taller than the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

The Final Death Knell of "The Liberal Media"

The Liberal Media. Oh, how the conservative media loves to trot out that old chestnut. I've heard Joe Scarborough using this Rush Limbaugh line as recently as last week to talk about how the Liberal Media finds it appalling that McCain is inciting people to kill Barack Obama when it really isn't that bad. Well, that myth can be put to bed, forever. From Chris Bowers over at Open Left:

The Washington Post maintains a webpage titled "Political Landscape 2008." This webpage has been updated recently enough to reflect Obama's 13.8% polling lead in Pennsylvania, a trend that uses polls released as recently as Wednesday. On this webpage, the Washington Post collects recent polling data, and then declares a state to either be a "battleground," or leaning toward one party or the other. Here are some of their polling averages and diagnoses:

ACORN: Favorite Target of GOP

I've been giving this whole situation with ACORN a lot of thought. I listened to Lou Dobbs talk about how non-pofits have formed a shadow government. That ought to get the fright wing foaming at the mouth. Dobb's point seemed to be that Acorn was doing a job that should have been done by the government or the Democratic party.

What has Lou's boxers in a twist is that Acorn pays employees &/or contractors by the hour to register voters. This apparently provides some incentive for fraud. There have been problems in the past and Acorn works to identify those contractors who are suspected of registering phony voters. The problem is the different BOEs don't always do a good job of following up when Acorn turns over information to them about possible problem registrations.

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