When I give people my own version of the Jim Neal elevator pitch, it begins like this:
"What I like about Jim Neal is that he's got guts. These are tough times and with Jim as our Senator, we won't have to worry that he'll be afraid to talk tough when the moment calls for it."
I've been fortunate to be there with a camera at least twice when Jim Neal has done just that. I've heard him say "Hell no!" to Blackwater and yesterday I saw him stand up to an old Democratic warhorse and remind James Carville that "We have primaries here in North Carolina, James...not coronations."