Somebody needs to whip their ass

Under the leadership of George Bush and John McCain, the Republican Party has dragged gutter politics to a new low, behaving like schoolyard bullies and Bart Simpson (sorry, Bart) all rolled into one. They've made bald-faced lying the coin of the realm, and they don't even have the decency to be embarrassed. Their behavior calls for drastic measures. Which creates a pivotal opportunity for political independents.

I changed my registration early this year from Democrat to unaffiliated, hoping to gain a clearer look at the political landscape. It worked. I feel little sense of obligation to the Democratic Party. Some fondness perhaps, but equal amounts of frustration. That's why I left.

But today I'm willing to beg every unaffiliated voter within earshot to vote straight ticket for Democrats without hesitation. Don't even consider voting for a Republican. For anything.

Day 55: Dole boosts Iraq surplus, raises America's debt

DAY 55

As new signs of the faltering economy are appearing every day, Elizabeth Dole continues to back away from her voting record and her connections to the failed Bush Administration’s policies. Yesterday, Dole was on television saying that she thinks it is time for Iraq to start funding their own reconstruction. Interesting timing, considering the federal government announced yesterday that the deficit will soon reach a projected record $438 billion. Dole should know that votes speak louder than words – she voted twice against using Iraqi oil revenues for reconstruction instead of American taxpayer dollars. Now, as the American economy continues on its downward spiral, Iraq enjoys a budget surplus.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 55 days.

The Palin Effect

How will Sarah Palin's nomination as Republican candidate for vice president effect down-ticket elections in North Carolina?

Since McCain's announcement, Palin has proven to be a galvanizing force for the Republican presidential campaign. It is not surprising that, among Republicans, there has been an increase in a general enthusiasm for the campaign and the likelihood that there will be a large Republican voter turnout. There is some indication, though, that Palin's candidacy is also having the effect that McCain clearly intended: the attraction of Independent voters and disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters.

Do Bev Perdue and Kay Hagan need to be concerned?

There are two reasons to think that they should.

Congratulations BlueNC!

It's been a long three years. Those of us who have been here just about the entire time are feeling the strain, so excuse us if we take a few minutes to celebrate. Yes, our little old BlueNC has been named the best local blog in Creative Loafing's "The Best of Charlotte" issue. We are the critic's choice.

So BlueNC.com is a state blog, not a local one. But it has a heavy Charlotte presence and many Charlotte-based bloggers. It’s the best progressive blog that’s not completely Raleigh-centric, OK?

So let's take a minute to celebrate.

Woo Hoo! Yay! Yippee! Yehaw! Hip, Hip, Hooray! Whoopie! Yeah! Way to go! Congratulations!

OK, now you may return to your regularly scheduled fits and rants in 3...2...1...now.

Hat tip: Working for Change

Sarah who?

Every time we have a discussion about who John McSame chose for his running mate, we fulfill his goal in choosing her. He wanted to change the subject from his own moral bankruptcy and it is working. This election is not about running mates. It is about McCain and Obama.

Do not fall for this Republican sleight of hand. John McCain is a lecherous old man, a gold-digging adulterer, and a warmonger. He called his wife a "cunt" in public. He jokes about genocide. The only reason his choice of a running mate warrants attention is to underscore that he is also a political whore who is unprepared to do the hard work of helping America recover from eight disastrous years of George Bush's "leadership." Sarah who? is just another Republican liar.

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