Mission Possible

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to drop the approval ratings for Elizabeth Dole into below 50 territory by the end of 2007. This is a Mission Possible, very possible, very, very, very possible. It might be a waste of time if she doesn't run, but just in case...

The latest Survey USA Senate ratings show a 52% Approval for Senator Dole and a 40% Disapproval. This seems likely to drop below 52% anyhow, but when you look at the numbers you can see how easy it will be to get her down below 50%.

Party Machinations

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingElections have consequences. One consequence for Bill Peaslee, "[NC] state Republican Party's chief of staff and top political strategist since April 2001," is his new understanding of being unemployed in America. His buddy and lackey "Chairman Ferrell Blount confirmed his resignation before the polls closed election night"

The Republicans are dropping like Cadillac-driving welfare mothers. Why? Because Republicans got taken to the woodshed for their miserable stewardship of our state and nation:

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WCNC (AP): " In county commission votes and races for sheriff, Democrats did well across the ballot in a part of the state where Republicans have historical links dating to the Civil War and an advantage in voter registration. In Ashe County, for example, Democrats now have a majority on the county commission and the sheriff's post for the first time in about 15 years."
" "The Democratic Party is well-organized and fired up," said Ashe County Sheriff-elect James Williams, who beat his Republican opponent with 51 percent of the vote. "I think everybody worked hard. ... Folks were just ready for a change."

...lots more after the jump...

I'm Thankful for..............

This year, like last, I find myself overwhelmed as I count my blessings. This has been a wonderful year - almost magical. Much of the wonder, joy and magic can be attributed to one man. Larry Kissell.

Obviously, I'm still high on whatever happened November 7, 2006. I don't ever want to get over that feeling. Hopeless to hope in one short day.

Larry's bid for a seat in congress has helped bring me a renewed sense of excitement toward politics and the electoral process. I have had a chance to watch and write about a regular guy challenging a multi-millionaire incumbent and coming miraculously close to walking away with the seat. He is still fighting for it. Larry is insisting that every vote be counted - even the Republican votes. I'm thankful he's fighting to protect the democratic electoral process.

Through Larry's campaign I have reconnected with some old acquaintances here in Charlotte and I've made many new friends. I've also had a chance to meet many BlueNC friends at the different events I've attended. I'm thankful Larry's helped me connect with so many wonderful people.

I thought you might enjoy a little virtual scrapbook of campaign events. Feel free to post your own pictures or memories from the past year in the comments.

Please join me on the flip...

Under the Dome - Full of Crap

The 2006 Senate race should have been a no-brainer for the Republicans. In contrast to 2008, when Senate Republicans make up 21 of the 33 seats up for reelection, in 2006 they made up only 15 of 33. Among those were the red state Senate seats of VA and MT and the deeply purple incumbent seats of OH, PA, and MO. Only RI, a truly Blue state, posed a serious opportunity for pick-up. The Republicans held 55 seats and left the 2004 election talking about how to win the veto-proof majority they would need in 2006. It seemed likely with Democrats in danger in FL, WA, NJ and MI; leaving open seats in MD and MN; and Democrats up for reelection in deep red states like ND and NE. This was the future that Democrats were facing in November 2004. Yet, Republicans self-destructed at every turn.

originally posted at A Raw Dole, your daily source of all things Liddy.

NCGOP Looney Tunes

You really have to read this: NC GOP Chief Of Staff, Strategist Resigns thread from Freeperland. Truly delusionary, of epic proportions. Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite.

All I can say is GOOD RIDDANCE! Bill has helped transform the NCGOP into a top down, elitist, aristocratic, hell hole that is has become. Very few Republicans trust the GOP because of him. Maybe I'll start donating to the GOP once again (after I see who wins the Dec 2nd election for state chair). I still love how Bill defended writing bad checks to college republicans!

And if you think Republicans lost in 2006 because of RINO hunting ..... well, I think that indicates a real blind spot on your part, to say the least. Not at all. Defeating Richard Morgan and his cabal was the number one priority of NCGOP this year. Period. There is no denying that. It was even more important than getting Republicans elected. NCGOP HQ coordinated volunteers for Joe Boylan's primary campaign but did NOTHING ... I mean absolutely NOTHING for any other NC legislative candidate this year. Those poorly designed "House for Sale" signs don't count because the signs obviously didn't vote.

And lets not forget the THOUSANDS of dollars of NCGOP funds that were spent in Eastern North Carolina on NCGOP television ads that prominently featured our fearless leader Ferrell Blount. Word is that Ferrell wants to run against Walter Jones. Well now that Blount has resigned, can NCGOP have its money back that was spent to promote his image?

Happy Thanksgiving! (political cartoon)

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As we overstuff ourselves on turkey, cranberries and the occasional pumpkin pie, understand the costs to the original inhabitants of North America - the “land of plenty.”

The Europeans brought famine, war, pestilence and disease to an agrarian stone age culture. The decimation of hundreds of tribes spanned across several hundred years and continues to this day with unhonored treaties and an unanswered genocide.

So, let us gives thanks to those millions and millions of killed, maimed and slaughtered Native Americans whose corpses were used to pave the way for the United States Of America.

Now pass the deviled eggs!

Lest we forget

I had been struggling to write something that would tug at your heart strings about being thankful and all that, so I was thrilled to see Momo's entry about her sweet, happy family. We all have so much to be grateful for.

But I don't want to forget the flip-side of that coin, which Chris Fitzsimon covers beautifully today in his column at NC Policy Watch.

Thanksgiving is here and that usually brings a flurry attention to the plight of the poor and the hungry, canned food drives at school, news footage of a Thanksgiving meal at the local soup kitchen. Poverty is a news story this time of year.


The 800 Pound Gorilla

What was the social issue that drove Bill Clinton into office and then drove the wingnuts into nuttiness?

Universal Health Care.

It's the liberal, progressive issue that no one has been willing to talk about since then. It's taboo. It's scary. It is not at all CENTRIST or an issue of TRIANGULATION. Indeed, Hillary Clinton, once the hero of UHC is now AGAINST the idea. So, who is the 800 Pound Gorilla that is bringing this issue to the forefront again? Who is it that is mentioning the uninsured at every event as a moral issue that America has to face?

In other words, who is it that is running a truly Progressive campaign?

Puppetshow Says 'No' to Calm Traffic

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Consistent with its belief that planning in the public sector is an economic burden on hard-working millionaires, the John Locke Foundation Puppetshow has produced yet another "report," this time arguing against the practice of traffic calming. If you have the stomach for such things, you can find the "report" here. But don't expect much in the way of insight. The few points worth making are lost in a sea of obfuscation, conjecture, wishful thinking and misguided analysis.

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