Who would have thought North Carolina could fall so far so fast? From a paragon of moderation three years ago to a poster-child for extremists and elites today. How quickly the tide can change, and it always does.
Everybody has an opinion about sources of the Republican wave, and many of those opinions are right. Not only did Republicans make the election a referendum on President Obama, they were aided and abetted by spineless Democrats. Having mastered the politics of fear (ISIS, Ebola, brown people, black people, uppity women), the GOP did what the GOP does best, they divided and conquered. Divide and conquer, of course, is Thom Tillis' unique strength. The words will forever be synonymous with his approach to politics and governing. Darth Vader in an Armani suit. But he didn't win alone. He had the benefit of a helpful ally on the other side, Kay Hagan herself. While she ran a smart campaign, it simply couldn't overcome six lackluster years in office.
If you're from North Carolina you are familiar with the tradition of mixing politicking with barbecue. What could be more natural since North Carolina is known for its barbecue? Saturday, Larry Kissell, candidate for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District held a fundraiser featuring barbecue from the Murphy House and sauces from eateries around the district. Close to 250 people showed to enjoy the politics, the barbecue and the band.
In the roiling ocean of international politics, George W. Bush was a tsunami of bad choices in 2005. The continuing war on Iraq. The abuses of power. The torture. John Bolton. Michael Brown. Harriet Miers. ScAlito. The lying. The spying. And worse. If our nation ever carried the mantle of moral leadership, we have surely lost it by now.
Which is not to say there aren’t benefits to living under the constant gaze of Dear Leader. Safer at home. Fighting them over there so we won’t have to fight them here. Freedom on the march. Mission accomplished. Yeah, right. The Bush cabal has replaced reality with rhetoric on every front. Words without wisdom, policies without promise, and ruinous debt as far as we can imagine.