Pictures of North Carolina's Dirty Little Secret

I was looking at this blog post on the front page of Daily Kos with a big picture of Virginia, saying:

I have my doubts that that will ever happen, but it will be interesting to watch as the GOP implodes on their way to being a regional party with pockets of strength outside the South – and unless they get their act together the South won't always be a haven for them.

Well, the South's best-kept, dirty, little secret after the break.
Here it is, the picture that Republicans do not want you to see. A sea of blue in North Carolina for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
President and Vice-President

But, wait, it gets dirtier. Here is what one of our tightest state-wide wins looked like, Bev Perdue for Governor.
Bev Perdue for Governor

From there, it just gets dirtier and dirtier. Our new US Senator, Kay Hagan.
Kay Hagan for Senate

And, finally, do you want to see the future? Do you want to see the next Democratic Senator from North Carolina? His name is Roy Cooper and THIS is what his map looked like when we woke up on Wednesday, November 5th.
Attorney General Roy Cooper

So, hop on board the Cooper for Senate bandwagon Daily Kos.

Comments

Crossposted at Daily Kos

Let's get it started!

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

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

My neighbor, Richard Burr

Richard Burr

Man, I'm glad you posted this, Robert! I've already had three conversations this morning about the 2010 Senate race and had gone as far as dredging up a photo of this guy but didn't have the guts to start an open thread for fear that no one else wanted to go there yet...

(And yes, Cooper could handily dispatch Burr.)

I'm absolutely ready to get rid of Burr

I can't think of a single time I've felt comfortable with his representation....except that he finally came out against the Navy OLF at Pocosin...after he was forced by thousands of angry North Carolinians to pull his head out of his rectum and pay attention to something other than pure partisan politics. He's a L O S E R and we can do much better.

Stan Bozarth

One way to get started

One simple way to get started is to begin monitoring his wikipedia page.

Here are easy instructions on how to use wikipedia:
http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Edit_Wikipedia

Here is Burr's page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Burr

Here, for contrast, is Elizabeth Dole's page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Dole

Notice the difference? Dedicated partisans ensured that Dole's entry in the most visited site for political info benefited their candidate.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

Two years

If he is smart, Burr has more than enough time to be "born again" and get his act together. Two years is a long time in politics. If he gets off his ass and makes some good moves, he can at least ensure he is not "easily dispatched."

The Republican party is in crisis mode right now and has heard the message loud and clear over the last two elections. They might not end up making the right moves, but I am sure they are going to do things differently starting really soon.

That nasty red island in the sea of blue

right there in the middle of the state is Moore County. We have new Republicans/old Dixiecrats (my spell check wants to change that to Dixie Rats) at the northern part of the county and many, many rich retirees at the southern part. If you look at the stats, we don't have very much if any Dem representation in our local government offices so how will this are change from raging red to reasonable blue?

We are expecting another 20K influx into our county due to the military realignment over the next few years, but right now that will only increase the red-ness. Unless we get more middle income types I just don't see this county moving in a direction that will benefit the dems.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

First Step?

Someone, the right someone, needs to lead a campaign to make the race for County Commissioners non-partisan. The Republicans, who have a lock on those seats, will put up a fight, but the right campaign led by the right people and with the right message just might force a change to non-partisan.

Non-partisan....as in the judges are "Non-partisan"?

Although both the Dems and the Repubs had a list at the polling places and online...."These are Dem/Repub judges"? In theory it is a beautiful dream, in practice non-partisanship does not work.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

A few things

Nobody really knows or cares anything about judidcial races, so lists from either party can be effective. On the other hand, many more people are aware of the local issues and races.

Most other County or lower races are non-partisan. The school board is non-partisan. All the municipalities are non-partisan. County government is pretty much the same thing as municipal government.

Local issues are for the most part not partisan along traditional Dem-Rep lines. Growth, schools, water and sewer, police, fire, parks, etc. don't really fit well into traditional party platforms. How is building a new wastewater treatment plant Republican or Democratic? How are fire protection ratings Republican or Democratic? How is a "Democratic" school building different than a "Republican" school building? Yes, you could perhaps get a little into levels of fiscal conservatism with budgeting/spending or even libertarianism when it comes to zoning, but at the end of the day, local government powers and responsibilities really don't lend themselves to traditional party politics.

As it stands now in Moore County and others, the election for commissioners is settled in the Republican primary. More troubling, however, is that partisan elections for local offices only muddy the process of electing the right people for the job. Running as a Dem or Rep unnecessarily brings issues and platforms of the national parties into local elections. Those big party philosphies have almost nothing to do with the issues under the control of local governments. Abortion? Godless Americans? Universal Heathcare? Wars? Besides the Chapel Hill Town Council, I'd bet you that pretty much every local elected official in the state would say those issues have no relevance to their jobs. If parties are irrelevant to the issues, why should local elections be partisan?

Even the people I work with here in Lee County

love 'em some Roy Cooper, and I can assure you not many of 'em supported President Elect Obama...

I'm liking it, Robert.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Off Topic, but Oregon Senate called for Democrats.

NEW YORK - NBC News projects Democrat Jeff Merkley as the winner in the Oregon Senate race, ousting Republican incumbent Gordon Smith.

A last-minute flood of ballots on Election Day slowed vote returns in a number of Oregon counties rich with Democrats, delaying a decision on who won the seat.

Merkley's victory gives Democrats their sixth new seat and leaves the Senate at 55 Democrats, 40 Republicans and two Independents, with three races — Alaska, Minnesota and Georgia — yet to be decided.

We win Alaska and Minnesota I hope. That would give us 58 seats (-Lieberman).

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

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

Dixie Rats

lol! I am ready to work!!! I WANT TO SEE ONLY BLUE ON THE MAP.

Leigh
http://smuttome.blogspot.com/

"Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war." - John McCain

no surprise

Back when he declined to run against Dole, everyone was saying "Oh well that's because he wants to run against Burr."
Can't wait.

Randolph County is the ugliest!

I don't see that place turning blue (at any level) in a hundred years.

not as bad as Yadkin...

...the reddest of the red.

At least Randolph has a little pocket of blue-friendly territory called the NC Zoo. ;-)

Guilford County made Countdown with KO

I love it!

As goes Guilford County, so goes North Carolina!



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