Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 3:31pm
I owe you an apology. I really had no way of knowing whether you're a wannabe millionaire like I mentioned in my criticism of your sloppy article from a couple of weeks ago. It just seemed natural to accuse you of it since your article seemed to be so one-sided and your assertions all seemed to be memes started by the Hayes campaign. I guess when you accepted the Hayes camp's story without checking it out it seemed to me you must be cozy with Carolyn Hern. I apologize. I was a bit crude and used some tacky figures of speech and again, I apologize.
FireDogLake called the Sharpe campaign the "longest shot" of all the Congressional races for 2006 and yet, Sharpe has done well. So well, what was considered a lost cause district, is now a district that is now in play. Letters to the Editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, a red-leaning newspaper, runs about 10 to 1 positive for Roger Sharpe. The letters that appear from Foxx supporters all have that boilerplate blandness of a contrived press release - I should know, I run an ad agency.
Submitted by gregflynn on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 12:43pm
Republican Bill Graham is running another STOP ad. Before it was STOP the Gas Tax. Now it is STOP Illegal Aliens. Ads have run on TV and can be seen on the related website stopillegalaliens.com A potential candidate for Governor in 2008 he is not actually running FOR anything but seems to be joining in the coordinated generation of background noise for turnout of Republicans on election day 2006. In Wake County Neal Hunt running for re-election to NC Senate District 13 with TV ads highlighting illegal immigration though his website doesn't list it as an issue. We've seen Vernon Robinson use this tactic of fearmongering to extreme. Now it seems that Republicans feel free to provoke fear of immigrants and press emotional buttons. Consider the following quote from Graham's ad and website:
It's always amusing to watch purveyors of non-profit snake-oil when they're moving in to sell their voodoo. First they shuck and jive, telling you they really don't really like having to ask for your money. Then they hem and haw, building a pretty house of cards to capture your fancy. And finally they close, promising that anyone wise enough to part with their cash will be joining a long and illustrious list of donors.
If you've never seen this kind of scamming for yourself, you have a rare chance today over at the Carolina Journal, where John Hood puts on the squeeze for all to behold.
Tonight, the Thomasville City Council approved, five to one, a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to send an anti-gay marriage amendment to the voters. The Council will send their resolution to Thomasville's representatives in the General Assembly, where it should be circulated to the other members and promptly ignored by our Democrat-controlled Senate and House (as the amendment has been ignored for the past three years in a row). The meeting, however, didn't come without a fight from those supportive of equality and those who simply want government out of the business of marriage. There were plenty of positive things too, including some great statements against the resolution from a Thomasville citizen who also noted the great statements from one of Thomasville's City Councilmembers.
In a comment here, Stormbear observed that there may be a "Kissell Effect" coming into play, spilling across Congressional districts and changing the dynamics in NC-5. All I can say is this: if there's not a Kissell Effect, there should be.
Like every North Carolina progressive, I was pleased to see the Winston-Salem Journal taking a stand for sanity and good governance. I applaud the newspaper's take-down of Virginia Foxx and I agree with 99% of what the endorsement said. However, there's one point I'd like to push back on:
So Foxx could have moved toward the moderate center and reached out to her Democratic and independent constituents as well. She could have been a representative with a mind of her own, one who was willing to do what was in the best interests of her district. She could have abandoned the shrillness that poisons our politics and could have tried to build consensus.
The 5th District of North Carolina leans red... with gerrymandering, it is close to ruby red. That conservative philosophy is carried through to the region's largest newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal. In the past, the Journal has tended to lean conservative in it's past endorsements of candidates. Even though they passed on endorsing Bush in the 2004 election, they also passed on endorsing Kerry.
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