The Kissell Effect

In a comment here, Stormbear observed that there may be a "Kissell Effect" coming into play, spilling across Congressional districts and changing the dynamics in NC-5. All I can say is this: if there's not a Kissell Effect, there should be.

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Like every North Carolina progressive, I was pleased to see the Winston-Salem Journal taking a stand for sanity and good governance. I applaud the newspaper's take-down of Virginia Foxx and I agree with 99% of what the endorsement said. However, there's one point I'd like to push back on:

So Foxx could have moved toward the moderate center and reached out to her Democratic and independent constituents as well. She could have been a representative with a mind of her own, one who was willing to do what was in the best interests of her district. She could have abandoned the shrillness that poisons our politics and could have tried to build consensus.

(Emphasis added.)

The big problem with Foxx is not that she doesn't represent the best interests of her district, it's that she and the other Republican rubber-stampers in Congress don't represent the best interests of America either. They are taking us all to hell in a hand-basket filled with fear and greed, pitting us against one another in ways that will take generations to heal. I'm not saying Congress people should disregard the interests of their districts. That would be silly. But I am saying they should recognize the fundamental interconnectedness of people, not just here in North Carolina, but also between us and citizens all across this country and the world.

This issue points to the great failure of the Greedy Old Party. They have elevated selfishness to an art form and wrapped it in the gauzy flag of free-market fantasy. By pressuring elected officials to sign anti-tax pledges, they argue that nothing is more important than rich people keeping more of their money, regardless of the condition of the world around them.

In an amusing display of irony, John Hood weighs in on this issue in his column today:

Perhaps the most-objectionable reason offered to return an incumbent to office is a promise to “bring money back home.” It represents a repudiation of fiscal responsibility and a poverty of imagination. If election officials agree that much government spending is wasted – be it federal or state – and then vow, smiling conspiratorially, to get “our fair share” anyway, they are helping to perpetuate a costly fraud.

By arguing against the Politics of Pork, Hood paradoxically advocates for the common good. To be honest, I didn't think he had it in him.

So what does all this have to do with the Kissell Effect? Simply this: People across North Carolina are looking into the 8th district and seeing what an honest man with a good heart looks like. They're sensing the power of people just like them to make a difference. They're realizing that the Republicans they've supported in the past have sold them a bill of goods. And they're recognizing that Roger Sharpe is a lot like Larry Kissell. An honest, decent man who can and does think for himself about what's right and what's wrong.

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This is why

This is why I wrote my Open Letter to North Carolinians with Republican Congressmen. The letter got only 65 signatures, which is disappointing, but in the grand scheme of things, that's not what matters most. What really matters is whether people in NC-5, NC-8 and NC-11 get to the polls on or before November 7th and do the right thing.

That's when we'll have to at add "registered trademark" to The Kissell Effect!

Looks like Robert beat me to it!

You owe me a $1.98 : )

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

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

Many of those signatures

Came from Moore County, which is NC-6. And we're tired of being represented by the corpse of Howard Coble. You caused quite a stir here in the land of golf and inequity, and signatures came from several party/precinct chairs who had given up coming to meetings. They've since become involved in GOTV in a bigger way than I thought possible.

The Kissell effect, the progressive wave, or maybe we're just fed up and not going to take it anymore.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

The man who eats Pig Brains


Stormy and some other dude.

Y'all remember on Michael Moore's TV Nation when he visited Coble's office and Coble showed Moore cans of pig brains in his desk and told how he loved them for breakfast?

Maybe that keeps him young... or single?

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Oh Stormy, is that you?

Hi Stormy!


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Yeah, I am the guy to the LEFT of Moore.

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:::shudder::::

The Corpse of Howard Coble eats brains for breakfast. It explains alot.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Powerful Thoughts / Powerful Writing

exactly to the point! You can put into words the thoughts that most people have running around in their heads, not quite put into any kind of order. Great Post Anglico, thank you!

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

Thank you dear.

I always appreciate your pats on the back.

I agree, I think even an effect around the country

I think the race for NC-8th has had an effect on progressives all over the country and not just NC. We now have to sprint and finish this event with the same passion people have had for months now.

And when that happens, then we will be talking about the Kissell effect for years to come.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

I can't wait

to see Sharpe, Kissell, and Shuler in the House working to make North Carolina and America a better place for everyone. I'll likely never turn my television away from C-Span.

Excellent, excellent article, Anglico, and great comments from all!

Sorry OT, but can someone give me a link to

JLF and do they have their beliefs written out on "issues"?

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

Oh wow Storm Bear, I worship the quicksand

that MM walks on!

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

Kos Gives Kissell and NC Netroots Props

On the FrontPage in "We expanded the playing field," Kos (at 2:05 pm) wrote

"Larry Kissell (NC-08): I love this campaign because it's been done right -- despite having little money, Kissell and his team have built fervent local support, they've been innovative, have done things differently for effect. They didn't sit around whining about lack of party support -- they built their own. This may be the most people-powered race of this cycle. This was a later addition to the list as the campaign proved to naysayers that they were a legitimate and viable operation. It's now on the "emerging races" list."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/17/14528/493

You folks helped do this, so as they say in the army (or at least in the war movies): Poor it on em!

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Thanks Philgoblue

You know....a few here jumped on the bandwagon early. I was late to the party, but this sure has been a hub for the local Kissell bloggers.....and that list just keeps on growing. It's very exciting.


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No way.

You guys were all early. I actually remember one of my first comments being pro-Dunn.
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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
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