Larry gets some love, sort of

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I stopped subscribing to the News and Observer because of their lame editorial pages, but I still read the paper online every day. They have a good and well-connected political reporting staff and that's where I get much of my visibility into the circus of North Carolina politics.

Throughout the past election cycle, I was surprised how little attention Congressional races outside the Triangle got. There was precious little reporting on NC-8 and NC-11, and Roger Sharpe was all but invisible in his quest to unseat the feral Foxx. So much for being the statewide newspaper of record.

Today Rob Christensen finally digs in on the story behind the story of the lack of national party support for the Kissell Effect. The report is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it should have been written a month ago. Anybody who was even remotely paying attention understood the intense drama going on between Larry's campaign and the big boys in DC. And second, it ends with what may very well be the most asinine thing Rob Christensen has ever written.

Dismissal of Kissell Backfires

Rahm Emanuel is one of the cool kids. Larry Kissell is not. Emanuel is a handsome, cocky, rich Chicago investment banker, a former top Clinton White House aide who headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the midterm elections. Kissell looks like what he is: a middle-aged social studies teacher from the town of Biscoe, which hardly anybody outside Montgomery County has ever heard of.

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When Kissell called the Democratic bigwigs in Washington asking for a little help with his congressional campaign, he couldn't get his telephone calls returned, said Thomas Mills, one of Kissell's consultants. With little help from Washington, Kissell was outspent roughly 8-to-1 by Republican U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes. Kissell, who conceded the race last week after a partial hand recount, lost by 329 votes out of 121,523 cast.

"It was one of the great missed opportunities [for Democrats], not only in North Carolina but in the nation," Mills said.

Emanuel and the House Democrats were looking for a certain kind of candidate -- a political moderate with some sizzle. The national Democrats poured money into the campaign of Democrat Heath Shuler, the former Washington Redskins quarterback who defeated 11th District Rep. Charles Taylor in the mountains. Shuler had glamour, wealth and a moderate brand of politics.

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If the big boys abandoned Kissell, the activists did not. The Internet activists and bloggers took up Kissell's cause. Some Democrats, most notably Reps. Brad Miller of Raleigh and David Price of Chapel Hill, tried to help him. Former Gov. Jim Hunt knocked on some doors, and former Sen. John Edwards attended a rally. State Democratic Chairman Jerry Meek spent a week campaigning with Kissell, and the state party paid for late radio ads.

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Kissell has already announced plans to run again in 2008. But Democrats might never have a chance again to pick up that seat.

But Democrats might never have a chance again to pick that seat? Ya mean like Rob Christensen might never have a chance again to write something so stupid? This comment is so factually absurd on its face, that it's hard to even grasp its appearance in print. I would like to admire the News and Observer again, but they sure do make it hard.

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You beat me to it once again

I was going to post something on this, but once again you beat me to it. One thing that I would have also focused on is why they say Democrats on the internet instead of saying BlueNC and especially Southern Dem'. Is this a policy of not mentioning online sites in the N&O? If so it would seem to be against the journalism standard of crediting where you got information.

Darn, I wish I had known

because I have about a zillion other things I need to do today. Sorry.

I agree with you that it's weird that N&O didn't mention BlueNC. They don't seem to take blogs seriously and they certainly don't like all our criticism. I chalk it up to jealousy and competitive posturing.

But ignoring the Southern Dem is really an egregious lapse of reporting.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

you're kidding right?

I agree with you that it's weird that N&O didn't mention BlueNC.

I wish you would tag your diaries, cause then I could pull out a list of righteous rants against the biased reporting at the N&O!!!

: )

I wonder WHY in the world they don't want their readers coming to BlueNC. That'd be the equivalent of DailyKos advertising on O'Reilly.

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New tags

:)

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

hahahahahahahahah

hahahahahahaha

can we retroactively add those same tags to some of the 40 or other stories on here? i love it.

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They just ran a series on bloggers...

Ignoring BlueNC, or at least not mentioning it by name, is an ironic echo of the story itself.

The Dem "leadership" wants to pick winners (and, by omission, losers) because they don't trust the folks on the ground. Voters are treated as commodities, local organizers as disposable "extensions" of the national apparatus, candidates as folks that should be happy for "crumbs from the table". It bodes well for Edwards (yes, RobertP/Bora, with Feistein out I need an '08 candidate) that he jumped in to help. Same for the other local Dem "heavyweights".

Funny that the N&O didn't "size" the Emanuel rebuff. From reading SD and Larry here on BlueNC, it seems that a modest contribution of money and effort from the national Dems was all that was requested.

The N&O, like the Emanuels of your party's national apparatchik, wants to pick "on-line winners" and ignore the obvious success of outlets they don't necessarily want to succeed.

Talking about the N&O and "picking winners", I'll have to tell you guys sometime the story of how one of their reporters covered (or didn't cover) the candidates in my race.

CitizenWill
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CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

I'd love to read that analysis, Will

I'm so glad you stop by often. Your perspective as an independent thinker is always interesting and appreciated. In fact, I confess that I cringe a bit when you wrote "your party" because 49% of the time I wish I wasn't a Democrat, especially here in NC.

But I'm afraid I'm unalterably pragmatic - and in our regrettable two party system that means choosing the lesser of two evils.

Some people take umbrage at that "lesser of two evils" approach, arguing as I sometimes do that principled stands for excellence should trump practical considerations. I do that in some areas of my life, but in the world of politics and public policy where real lives are affected with every decision, I guess I have to go with here and now.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

wow

So we get outspent 5-1 (8-1 according to his interesting math) and get to within 327 (not the 329 he used) votes out of 121,000. Compare that to Hayes' last two winning margins when the Democrat spent more money and Larry has no chance in 08? What?

The fact is that Hayes did NOT ignore this race. Unlike a lot of DC people he knew he had a race and he spent the money needed to win (although he barely didnt). If Larry had outspent Hayes 5-1 then there would be no chance of picking this up. Because the opposite happened this might be more sure than Heath was this year.

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"Keep the Faith"

simple analysis, great analysis n/t

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

some stories

For Thanksgiving I was up in north east PA and new jersey. One Day I wore my Kissell for Congress t-shirt.

I had at least 2 conversations with people who had been following the recount, and expressed pride/joy in seeing Larry make a race of it. What made this so incredible was that these were everyday people. One was the clerk at a liquor store in a small town of around 10,000 people. The fact is that this race changed politics. And anyone who doesnt realize that is just not paying attention.

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"Keep the Faith"

Blah Blah Blah

I wish people would quit talking about Larry Kissell. It's really getting annoying. The race is over, he's not going to win in '08, all of our work was in vain, and I'd consider it a mitzvah if you never bring him up again. Oh, and John McCain for President '08!

Blogging is such sweet sorrow.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Wow, Sam. I thought I was cynical...

I think Larry has more of a chance to win in '08 than he did this year. Provided Congressional Dems don't backtrack on their election campaign promises, we should be able to hold what we've gained and take the fight to new districts (NC-03, NC-08 and dozens of others, not too mention Senate seats.

Buck up, buddy. We have time to build a stronger NCDP made of stronger county parties.

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As anyone who worked with me on the campaign knows

that was complete and total sarcasm.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Yuk! And more Yuk from a McCain Sailor tossing his Lunch!

I wish people would quit talking about Larry Kissell. It's really getting annoying. The race is over, he's not going to win in '08, all of our work was in vain, and I'd consider it a mitzvah if you never bring him up again. Oh, and John McCain for President '08!

Blogging is such sweet sorrow.*Sam Spencer

"all of "our" work was in vain,"

It appears that Sam is confuse as Custer was at the battle of the little big horn. The General thought that all of those Indians hanging at the village was " Our" McCain Indians.

So Blogging fool Sam, How is your fighting fool hero going to overcome Da Furher Newt in 2008?

Speaking of Christensen

Sorry, but that may not even make the top 10 list of Christensen asininities.

Here's one of my personal favorites
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When people started talking about netroots, I thought it was something you put in salad. You know, wash and drain, boil until tender and then add a little salt, a touch of garlic, yada, yada, yada.

But if you are a political activist, chances are you know it means using the Internet to win elections and influence public policy.

That's from May of 2006. Christensen was writing about Markos and Jerome stopping by Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on the CtG tour.

That's right. In May of 2006, Christensen, senior political writer for the state's paper of record, thought it was cute to start a piece about the netroots, by first being impossibly cute about not knowing what they are, and second, demonstrating conclusively that he really doesn't have a clue.

He went on:

The Daily Kos is sort of the left's version of Rush Limbaugh, a vehicle that provides red meat to activists, strongly criticizing the war in Iraq and Bush administration policies.

Pretty sharp, no?

I wonder if Rob has yet learned the difference between "audience of dittoheads" and "community of activists?"

i doubt it

He would have to read kos to do that. And since there is no print version...

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"Keep the Faith"

Yikes

I missed all that, and you're right, it definitely competes hard for Asininity of the Year in the stenographer category.

I like to think he was trying to demonstrate empathy with his readers, which is even sadder still.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Yeah...if that were true it would mean he thinks his readers

are complete and utter morons. If they believe the crap he writes, they probably are.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I had the same reaction when I read the column, Anglico

Christensen seemed to be getting it, and then he ended with such a weird paragraph:

> But Democrats might never have a chance again to pick up that seat.

The only sense I could even make out of it was that Christensen was simply saying that circumstances may have changed in two years so as to no longer favor Democrats. But that makes no sense to me because Bush seems Hell-bent on making Democrats even more popular.

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Letters, T-shirts, indies

It's absurd that the N&O is doing blogger articles and Kissell articles without mentioning BlueNC. It's irresponsible reporting, and it smacks of elitist, high-school lunchroom cliquery.

Can we push a wee barrage of LTEs to the N&O and neighboring papers? How about pushing for more Indy coverage?

Also, I want a t-shirt that says, "BlueNC.com is more honest than the Raleigh News & Observer." Or maybe, "BlueNC.com - Scaring the Raleigh News & Observer Since 2006."

Blogs and traditional corporate media can have a beautiful relationship, but we won't be Tina Turner while they play Ike.

What's next? I have too much time on my hands since the election ended.

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wait....

since when has the N&O done research? Or attributed information.

If they told people where they got the news no one would read their paper.

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"Keep the Faith"

How about we send BlueNC mugs with a snarky letter

to all of the political reporters. Maybe a letter with an outtake of their recent column, then a copy of Lance's original Kissell for Schizzle column.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

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

how about this on a tee shirt?

I read the N & O for the news.
I read BlueNC.com for the truth.

(Okay, not original - it is what people in the UK used to say about the Times and the Guardian until the Guardian lost its edge.)

I would not have even KNOWN about Larry Kissell but for reading here(and dkos). This state isn't that big that the papers can't report on things beyond Wake County.

that is so true.

This state isn't that big that the papers can't report on things beyond Wake County.

they report on every little hint of black corruption and spent all kinds of time reporting the tall ships cruise, but they can't cover a US Congressional Race? When part of the district is just south of Raleigh?

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

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

Stories from Raleigh reporters

are carried in the Charlotte Observer...don't know why they couldn't have printed stories from the Charlotte reporters in the N&O. It's not like it would cost them anymore money, really.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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because they suck,

silly.

why would they start doing something that makes sense when they are so perfectly contect to run their paper like a summer camp gossip rag?

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

more to the point

There are tons of stories about Bragg and Fayyetteville in the "fish wrap". Larry was yet another story from the area. A rather important one too.

Hat tip to my mom on calling the N&O the "fish wrap."

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"Keep the Faith"