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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NSCU to Puppetmaster: No tanks

When you live in a world where everything can be bought and sold - elections, prestige, influence and access - it's easy to think you can also buy control over your very own curriculum at a major university. That's what Art Pope seemed to be trying to do with UNC earlier this year . . . and the same sad saga is apparently unfolding at NC State right now. Bob Geary, writing at the Independent has the latest.

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N.C. State considers Pope money
Faculty objects, calling foundation funding tainted by conservative agenda

When Toby Parcel, the dean of NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, read that the conservative John William Pope Foundation and UNC-Chapel Hill were splitsville on that Pope-funded "western cultures curriculum" idea, and that Pope might give its money to "other universities" instead, she did what any fund-raising dean would do, right? She got a meeting with Art Pope, who heads the foundation and myriad political causes besides.

Bio-Brrrrrrrrrr

Big news on the Dick Burr front.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. It's a win -- but a short-lived one -- for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. After almost two years of debate, the Senate passed his bill to create an agency to fight bioterrorism and other biological threats. But Congress hopes to adjourn Friday, and that leaves little chance that the House will have time to act on the measure.

The bill calls for creating an agency within the Health and Human Services Department to oversee the development of medicine and equipment to respond to a bird flu pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. Burr has pushed the legislation almost since he arrived in Congress.

Two years of hard work (a couple of days a week) with his own party controlling both houses of Congress . . . and nuttin' to show for it? Seems kind of weird that a government-hating Republican is pushing so hard to create a whole new agency inside the monstrous Health and Human Services Department, but what do I know. Maybe Senator Burr will have better luck working with a Democratic Senate. He could hardly do worse.

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PS The junior Senator has a few things to say about today's Iraq Study Group report. Why he bothered to say them, though, is a-whole-nother question.

Early birds

When Larry Kissell conceded to Flipper Hayes last week, he also announced that he is running for Congress again in 2008.

In the Democratic race for Lieutenant Governor, we've already seen two candidates. One of them, is Pat Smathers who announced here at BlueNC. Another is Hampton Dellinger, who we haven't yet heard from. Both have officially announced.

In the governor's race, it's clearly coming down to Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore, though I don't think either has officially 'announced.'

The Democratic race for US Senate against Liddy Dole (I hope) is an open field with no one having announced anything yet.

Idiot Republican Whiner

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It seems like the end of the year is causing a rash of stupidity inside the Party of Greed, as evidenced by this story in the Washington Post. There's no strong North Carolina tie-in, but it's just too good to let pass.

As you many know, the new Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is committed to changing business as usual. One specific action they're taking is to actually put in the time it takes to do the people's business.

Forget the minimum wage. Or outsourcing jobs overseas. The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own: They will have to work five days a week starting in January.

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Republican Cat Fight in Moore

This morning's edition of the Pilot has a very interesting article about an on-going fight in the Moore County Republican party.

Boylan Backer Seeks Ouster of GOP Officials is the title of the piece...One of state Rep.-elect Joe Boylan's supporters is seeking the ouster of several local GOP officials he says are loyal to state Rep. Richard Morgan and Manila "Bud" Shaver, referring to them as "traitors," "evil" and "a cancer."
Ed Kennedy is circulating a petition that calls for the state party to strip them of their leadership positions. He is working with Evelyn Hill, Sandhills Community College Trustee Ralph Redmond and several others.



The petition names all the supporters of Manilla Shaver who hold a position in the Moore County Republican party and seeks to remove them from their seats within the party.

Open Thread - BS Edition

I know this is national and not state or local, but it is a symbol of something that really bothers me.

"Laura and I are sustained by the prayers of millions of people. Now that's hard for some to -- I guess chew on."
-- George W. Bush

Really? Bullshit. What George W. Bush is trying to imply is that Democrats don't like religion, Christianity, or God. Really? I wasn't aware of that.

I wasn't aware that you couldn't believe in Christ and still be a good Democrat. Thank you George Bush for pointing that out. Now, with all due respect, go take a flying leap. If we had more folks with guts in this party he would have been shouted down like a Duke fan at the Dean Dome.

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