'He might be seen as Art Pope's tool'

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Paul O'Connor, a columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal, has written an interesting piece about a slim-to-none scenario that could unfold in the 2008 gubernatorial race. He apparently agrees with me that the candidates in the general will be Beverly Perdue and Fred "the Asphalt King" Smith. In the column, O'Connor lays out the makings of a "perfect storm" (some of which seem likely to happen) which leads to this conclusion:

The scandals involving Democratic House Speaker Jim Black get worse. Either Black gets indicted or others do. People go to jail. Hillary Clinton leads the 2008 national ticket, and there is no strong Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Treasurer Richard Moore have an ugly primary in the race for governor.

Is there a Bush Study Group? (political cartoon)

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Hayes' Hard Work...

Repugs don't agree with the new 5-day work week. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) got called out on Fox News of all networks, by John Gibson and the following exchange took place:

Gibson: Don't you think that maybe part of the reason the Republicans were fired is the public heard about this?

Kingston: I think its because we didn't perform. When we were up here we were naming bridges and post offices. We were not having quality time again…—We drifted, we got off our agenda. We came up here and some weeks we just twiddled our thumbs and that's what killed us…

Poor Robin might actually have to start working for the people he represents. Bummer.

For the Early Crowd

Heath Shuler (D-NC11) is appearing on the Bill Press show on 880 AM at 8:30 Friday morning. Asheville area listeners can listen on the air. The rest of you can listen online.

Open thread: Conversely

What's with all the chit-chat about the Sneaker of da House?

Enough already. Let's talk about something else for a change.

Hope you don't mind me jumping in, but we haven't pegged the Frappr map in awhile - Robert P.

Don't mind at all. Hope everyone will stick their pins in map.


NCDP to Flipper: No free passes

An awesome email from Schorr Johnson of the North Carolina Democratic Party.


Robin Hayes Might Have Bought Himself Two More Years in Office, But He Didn’t Buy Silence


  • 121,523 = Votes cast in the 8th Congressional District
  • $2,000,000 = Approximate amount spent by Robin Hayes in the 2006 campaign
  • $450,000 = Approximate amount spent by Larry Kissell in the race
  • 327 = Robin Hayes’ margin of victory

  • $32.83 = Approximate amount Hayes spent per vote
  • $7.43 = Approximate amount Kissell spent per vote
  • 697 = Days until the 2008 election
  • Walter Jones: No one cares what you think

    For a brief moment last year, I had a warm spot in my heart for Walter Jones, the unpredictable US Representative from the 3rd district. He spoke out against the idiocy of Bush's War in Iraq, and I thought he might have the potential for actually being a sane Republican. Boy was I wrong. Because for all his talk about law and order, Jones doesn't care much about justice when the crimes involve shooting brown people. His sidekick in this issue, Sue Myrick, is just as bad - but then I naturally expect less from her.

    From Jones' website:

    RALEIGH — Reps. Walter Jones and Sue Myrick, Republicans from North Carolina's 3rd and 9th Districts, respectively, have joined 13 other congressmen to request that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration conduct a hearing on the conviction of two border control agents who are due to enter federal prison in January. The agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, were convicted of shooting an illegal alien in the buttocks after he fled from them. The suspect, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, had carried 743 pounds of marijuana across the U.S. border near El Paso, Texas.

    Harold Meyerson on The South and Its Effect on The GOP

    Recently I offered a piece about the Southern GOP as the leading element of the Republican Party and how that limits the party's popularity outside the South. In today's Washington Post Harold Meyerson's column describes his take on that same issue. It's well argued and I won't condense it here. However, this quote gives you some sense of his point of view...

    For four decades, it's been the Democrats who've had a Southern problem... couldn't elect any senators, then any House members, then any dogcatchers. They still can't, but the Southern problem, it turns out, is really the Republicans'. They've become too Southern...

    Remembering Pearl

    Today is that "date which will live in infamy." My children haven't learned about Pearl Harbor in school yet, but they've learned about it from me.

    Before the United States declared war on Iraq terror, I was very loud in my opposition to a war. I needed my children to understand why. Of course, they were only 7 and 9 at the time, so I had to simplify my explanation. I turned to Pearl Harbor. I was able to show them some pictures and explain that our country had been attacked by another country on our soil. I did my best to explain how that was different from the horrible events of September 11, 2001.

    After the war had started in Iraq, I'm sure they heard me rumbling about how we should have stayed in Afghanistan, Saddam doesn't have weapons of mass destruction, it's about the oil, why are we fighting with Iraq, etc., etc., etc.

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