On Shuler, Ford, and why I don't support Moderate Centrists

originally posted at Daily Kos (rec's welcome)

I'd like to make something perfectly clear, I used to consider myself a moderate. I was registered without party affiliation, I believed you could look at the candidates and make your decision based on their stances on the issues. I am now what our local Republicans call "a bunch of left-wing Democrats who have nothing better to do than to sit around and write these little messages to one another". I despise those who want to "move" to the middle, and it is interesting how many of them feel the same way about us here at Daily Kos, as the local Republicans: "I am a serious on-the-ground grassroots organizer and I just visit this place to see what is going on. With the number of people I meet in person, the ones who spend a lot of time blogging would rather sit at a table at the bar and rant the whole time than actually get something done."
Now, we in North Carolina have a perfect example of what "moving" to the middle will get you. Heath Shuler chose to validate a far-right-wing think tank with his presence. Their response?

Congressional Democrats Come Through for NC's 8th District

After the CAFTA debacle, you would think Republican Congressman Robin Hayes would be shy about making promises he wasn't flat-out, completely, horizontally prepared to keep. Heh. You would be wrong.

Find out just how wrong you would be and how many promises Robin Hayes has broken below the fold.


Tea Leaves

Open thread: April 30, 1975


Meet Jeff Hunt: Taylor's heir-apparent

Unless Charles Taylor rises from the crypt to run again, this is the man who Heath Shuler will likely have to face November next year. District attorney for three counties, former district attorney for two more, he says "I've been on the inside group who have run most of the Republican Congressional campaigns since 1976."

WNCNN has the exclusive interview fresh from the "Karl Rove Memorial 11th District Republican Convention." You'll want to listen through to the end where he mentions the H-word and proudly compares Republicans to termites.

Dear John.

An open letter to John Edwards.


Introducing The People's Think Tank

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Congratulations, everyone!

BlueNC is now The People's Think Tank. Courtesy of this little nudge from Rob Christensen at the News and Observer.

Sunday Morning Post

(Via Ex) Really getting harder to think happy thoughts.

NYT: Rebuit Iraq projects found crumbling.

At the airport, crucially important for the functioning of the country, inspectors found that while $11.8 million had been spent on new electrical generators, $8.6 million worth were no longer functioning.

At the maternity hospital, a rehabilitation project in the northern city of Erbil, an expensive incinerator for medical waste was padlocked — Iraqis at the hospital could not find the key when inspectors asked to see the equipment — and partly as a result, medical waste including syringes, used bandages and empty drug vials were clogging the sewage system and probably contaminating the water system.

The newly built water purification system was not functioning either.


Karl Rove at the NC-11 Republican Convention

rove-god.jpg“They embrace a culture of defeat…death, and we have to fight them there, so we don’t have to fight them here.” - Karl Rove, in Hendersonville on Saturday, April 28, talking about Democrats or terrorists. I'm not sure which.

179 old white delegates gathered at West Henderson High School to hold their annual 11th district Republican Convention. Every county in the district had a section, and the empty half of the auditorium held the press, the non-delegates, and the Hooligans. Clay County didn't bother sending anyone at all, though an imaginary source told me that they stayed away because Rove's pheromones cause Clay county women to swoon and Clay County men to feel desperate and insecure.

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