I don't think I've ever seen a deeply thoughtful analysis about the pros and cons of Kay Hagan before this morning. Most observers either jump to her defense or sling dirt, depending on their interpretation of her record. Bob Geary threads the needle with an article in Indy Week today.
It's also important to keep in mind that Hagan thinks like a legislator. She carefully weighs each sub-paragraph before taking a stand. On major issues from gay rights to immigration to the Affordable Care Act, she's been slow to embrace the Democratic view, let alone the progressive one. And yet, on each of these issues, she's come to a progressive position—and she was strong from the start on women's rights and gun issues, for which the loonies running the National Rifle Association give her an "F."
For better or worse, we go into elections with the candidates we have, not the candidates we wish we had. And that creates what might be called an enthusiasm deficit, as represented by this comment on the Indy Week article.
The Anti-ACA ads turn my stomach, but I haven't forgiven Hagan for her pre-election immigration position, which prompted me to ask for my contribution back. I had made the false assumption that she would take the human rights position, as a Democrat. I'll vote for her, but I'm done with financial support.
I suspect that many people will reach similar conclusions about this most moderate Senator. They'll vote for Kay, but they won't work for her campaign or donate to the cause.