Oh, puh-leeze, Rob! May be a target? Did you just wake up from an unnaturally long nap? Richard Burr is a target and while we will welcome outside money to help us elect a more effective senator, we don't know that we need it.
Low profile? Heh. That's just another way to say he hasn't done anything. He's ineffective. Trust me. We are living the results of his stint as a U.S. Senator. We know just how
low profile ineffective he is.
Burr spent last week's Easter recess traveling across North Carolina, trying to raise his visibility.
On Wednesday, he slipped into a North Raleigh Rotary Club meeting with little fanfare and no entourage, and he gave a lunchtime speech with virtually no applause lines.
Instead, Burr delivered plenty of earnest policy-wonk talk about the “architecture of the financial institutions,” “infrastructure partnerships” and “a national insurance product.”
Little fanfare? You don't get fanfare when nobody knows who you are. No applause lines? In other words, nobody clapped. He loaded them down with a bunch of snore that only hard-core political types would want to hear.
Although Burr, a Winston- Salem resident, was well-received at the civic club, there is still a “Richard Who?” factor despite his more than four years in the Senate.
“I'm perplexed. I don't know that much about him,” Bill Bigger, a self-described independent in Raleigh, said after listening to Burr. “If you get around Winston-Salem, you know a lot about him; but if you live around here, you don't know him.”
Burr won for one reason only. He had an "R" by his name. He won because of George Bush. Now he faces running in a non-presidential year and his name recognition is so low he may not realize the benefits of incumbency.
Come on, Coop. Give us someone to work for.