The US Senate race in 2014 is all but set. A Tea Party Republican will run against Kay Hagan, most likely Thom Tillis. Which means Senator Hagan will be tacking hard to the right, as she did yesterday with this stunt, calling for a probe into the sketchy roll-out of the ACA.
I don't get it. This move won't buy her friends on the right, it aggravates the left, and most important, it gets in the way of people doing actual work to get the website improved.
There's no need for Hagan to try to appease Tea Party obstructionists on this or any other issue.
If you follow the news at all, it's hard to escape the sense that we are three nations, under God, completely divisible, with liberty and justice for some. These three America's aren't like the two Americas that John Edwards used to talk about. Those two Americas are so well established that they have morphed into one depraved country in which the ruling elite so dominate everyone else that it hardly bears notice.
No, I'm talking about three different Americas, defined by attitudes and behaviors, not class and status.
Every now and then I get the urge to bail out of blogging and head for the hills. Faced with existential angst about what we're doing here and why, it's hard to know how to press forward. What difference are we making? What roles can we fill? Should we pull the plug? Should we double down? Dial up? Dial back? You know. Angst.
No, above that. The facebook button thing. Right now, it's at 990 Likes. If you can predict the time and date when it will click over to 1,000, you will win one free year of BlueNC membership, along with the privilege to post diaries and comments. Good luck!
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 08/14/2013 - 11:28am
The title of this diary is actually a quote I took from one of my favorite television series, and it was made by a character who was trying to come up with a viable candidate for public office. No, the candidate wasn’t the idiot in question, he was referring to the mentality of forgetting everything you know about a subject and starting over from scratch. It is, in a word, idiotic to attempt such a move. But sometimes we become so frustrated with our situation, or our society, or our political party, that we believe burning it all down and starting over again is a viable alternative. It’s neither viable nor realistic, and the fact is, we’ve got some very real and difficult challenges ahead of us, and escaping into surrealistic thinking is just that: an escape.
It won't be long before the 2014 electioneering season kicks into high gear, with 2016 not far behind. The drum beat of fundraising is picking up, with dollars moving in every direction except down. The person who emerges to challenge Kay Hagan for US Senate will be the person big money decides to get behind. How could it be otherwise?
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:41am
In the political realm, all communications are important, and should be crafted with care. This is even more important for online communications, because they are (generally) preserved for posterity somewhere in the cloud and can resurface at inopportune times. The following is excerpted from an e-mail, but the editorial notes are mine:
Folks, many of you know that during the past several months, I have been traveling around our great state sounding the alarm on the Republican’s (1) education plan. Over the weekend, Governor McCrory negotiated a budget that cuts nearly a half-billion dollars from public education in North Carolina. As the former Superintendent of Public Instruction and Congressman (2), I am in total shock over what the Republicans are trying to pull. This budget is my worst nightmare.
(1) The location of the (possessive) apostrophe would indicate a single individual as opposed to a group. This would work if the noun indicated a group (Republican Party's education plan), but it doesn't, so Republicans' is the proper form.
(2) In the absence of further context (Congressman for the district/region blah blah), it should be "a" Congressman.
Submitted by scharrison on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 4:56pm
Just some thoughts that have been banging around in my head:
What is a Progressive? You could ask it a hundred times and receive dozens of answers. But that doesn’t mean Progressivism has no goals; on the contrary, the movement has many goals. And many of those pursuing those goals may not even be aware they are, in fact, a Progressive.
As always, your thoughts on this subject are more than welcome:
This week’s shameless publicity stunts by Fran Deluca and the corrupt Civitas Institute painted Republican family values in brilliant colors for all to see. Many observers walked away from the display with a clear understanding the Moral Monday arrestees represent a broad cross section of honest, informed North Carolina citizens. More still concluded that Civitas is a group of frat-boy bullies worthy of nothing but scorn.
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