Open thread: Dan Blue

If you're registered at BlueNC and were online this morning, you may have noticed that someone named Dan Blue III registered and logged in. I don't know if it was the real Dan Blue, but I hope it was. Why? Read on.

Blogging makes possible a whole new kind of interaction between We the People and the elected officials who work for us. Done right, it's a completely transparent system, with no-holds-barred, that's incredibly efficient and inclusive. Jerry Meek drew 131 comments in six days with his question: Who Should I Recruit To Run Against Elizabeth Dole? And upwards of 2500 people have seen some of that discussion since Monday.

Dan Blue has been around North Carolina politics for a long time - and now he's back on the stage. You can read a little about him here, and I suspect there will be a lot more Dan Blue news in the months ahead.

I don't know Mr. Blue and he may or may not be the person who registered here. But if he is, let me say this:

Welcome, Dan Blue. It's good to see you engaging the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Friday.

Update: It occurred to me that this person might also be the son or the son of the son of Mr. Blue, in which case, welcome as well!

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Kind of scary, sometimes.

All these glass houses we live in online. For the record, my real names is James Protzman. And yes, I'm really me.

GO LARRY GO

This just emailed from NCDP:

Raleigh--The Fayetteville Observer reports today that 300 more valid provisional ballots were counted last night in Cumberland and Scotland Counties. Hayes' attempts to have some or all of these ballots suppressed was denied closing the gap for Larry Kissell by 44 new votes.

"A desperate Robin Hayes is trying to disqualify valid voters who have the right to have their vote counted," said North Carolina Democratic Chair Jerry Meek. "Last night, Hayes failed in that effort and we pledge to make sure it stays that way."

Kissell has steadily gathered momentum since Election Night as the provisional ballots have been reviewed and counted. The result has moved Kissell 2 votes per precinct away from victory. The difference was 3 votes per precinct last week.

In Scotland County, Kissell picked up 69 votes while Hayes received 41. Some of those are votes he argued to reject. In the home of Fort Bragg, Cumberland county officials counted 103 additional votes for Kissell while Hayes only received 87 of those votes.

"I'm completely frustrated," Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., told the Associated Press this week from Washington. Hayes was ostensibly referring to erosion of support the Hayes/Bush Iraq policy, but he might as well have been referring to his tenuous role in Washington, now under the control of Democrats. [AP, 11/17/2006]

"Robin Hayes doesn't know frustration. Losing a job, not having healthcare and struggling to make ends meet while your Congressman works overtime to deny your vote is cause for frustration," Meek said.

Kissell now trails Hayes by a scant 418 votes as the official ballot canvass begins this morning in all 10 counties in the 8th congressional district. Approximately 1,500 provisional ballots are expected to be reviewed. Hayes is expected to challenge them all.

Great quotes, Jerry. Awesome.

SBOE has it at...

The contest data below was updated on 11/17/2006 1:16:10 PM.

Robert C. (Robin) Hayes REP 60,676
Larry Kissell DEM 60,276

Update on the Update

US CONGRESS DISTRICT 08
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Robert C. (Robin) Hayes REP 60,704
Larry Kissell DEM 60,332

That is 372.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The 400 vote lead...

was 6 of the 10 counties. Hoke, Mecklenburg, Stanly, and Richmond are all still out there, I believe.

Stanly plus 9 for Hayes

Making Larry need 381.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Larry/Rant could use some recs at Kos

I know I ask you do this a lot, but just drop in at the Big Orange and hit "Recommend. Purty please?

Post

You should post it on MyDD and Swingstate too.

Once again Anglico...

You've beat me to the punch. I just saw Jerry's comments on DU and posted on my blog about it and then came here. But anyway...Jerry's 100% correct. Carville needs to just shut up and (hopefully) just go away. Carville and the beltway boobs have cost us 2 presidential elections and a mid-term. Howard Dean came in, said WHAT he was gonna do, DID it and delivered the Congress to us.

And as for Dan Blue, I for one, put his name forward as an excellent candidate to roll over Liddy. He has the name recognition, the base, and from what I can tell, an honesty streak a mile wide. And that's something that is SORELY needed in the Congress these days. Once he cleans up the NC Legislature, the Senate is the next step.

If anyone cares, visit me here: Deep Blue

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

OOPS!

Had a brain fart. My comment was about something else, not this. Duh. Well, it is Friday...

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Aww Jim, Happens all the time

Don't worry, be happy....!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Awww Man!

Now I'm gonna be humming that song all weekend! I'll have my revenge!!!

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Started a Kissell Update Open Thread

n/t

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Why am I "forbidden" from the Kissell Update

open thread? Is it a bug in the system or just a group thing?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Meee toooooo :(

I'm Forbidden from my own thread?

Looks like there's a gremlin in the machine.

Sorry all, looks like we've got a non-functioning Kissell Open Thread.

To any and all admin, this is a cry for help.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

It was a good idea

n/t
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Hayes will try anything to stop

The America process!!!!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.

Sorry Screwy. This is above my pay grade.

:(

4:16 update

Robert C. (Robin) Hayes REP 60,895
Larry Kissell DEM 60,490

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Got your thread back up.

Let's go over there . . .