Thomas Mills

The Trump House Elf

From what I can tell about impeachment, the Congress has wide latitude in determining what constitutes an impeachable offense. There's no point getting into the quagmire of legal obfuscation: An impeachable offense is whatever Congress says it is. Which puts the spotlight squarely on the US Senate, and especially Thom Tillis.

Tillis troubles

https://www.politicsnc.com/north-carolinians-dont-like-their-senators/

Take a look at Thomas' breakdown of the 2020 US Senate race. On one side, a possible primary challenge from Mark Walker, representing the Christianist wing of the Republican Party. On the other side, two-faced Thom Tillis and a couple of other challengers.

Will NC Republicans have to pay the piper in November?

Thomas Mills reads the tea leaves:

The business wing of the GOP keeps touting the modest economic gains North Carolina has seen while desperately trying to turn the conversation away from the damage the GOP has done to our national reputation. It’s not working so far. People aren’t feeling that much better about their economic circumstances, but they are aware that the rest of the country thinks something is wrong with our state—and that perception has been caused by Pat McCrory and the Republicans.

Yep, and no matter how vehemently Republican leaders try to blame Democrats (or the Liberal media, or activist corporations, or sports franchises), the responsibility inevitably is placed on those in charge. That's how politics works: When bad shit happens, incumbents better update their resumes.

Thomas Mills wants to debate Richard Hudson

The race for the 8th district is shaping up to be a doozie. On one hand you have a Thomas Mills, a regular guy with common sense who knows how to run campaigns. On the other hand you have Richard Hudson, who has never met a special interest he didn't like.

Mills has challenged Hudson to debates. I'm taking bets it won't happen. Hudson is the original Teflon candidate, self-preservation is his main goal.

Hanging that hat on the wrong peg

People in the business of candidates and elections often think that outcomes hinge on the few months in which a campaign unfolds. That leads to this kind of analysis by Thomas Mills, which makes sense as far as it goes. But in my view, it doesn't nearly go far enough. To argue that Kay Hagan should or shouldn't have distanced herself from Obama , or that she should have done this or that during her campaign, is to miss the larger question: What did Kay Hagan do during her nearly six years in office?

A final look at the numbers

I was hoping that Thomas Mills would deliver an election eve analysis of the Hagan-Tillis race. And he did!

I still think Hagan has the advantage. Her campaign has been more disciplined and they’ve won the argument most of the time. Regardless, the national environment has continued to deteriorate throughout October, making the race much closer now than it’s been since the summer.

Barbed wire facing in

Back in the day, one of my favorite musicians was Joni Mitchell. The woman's voice is sublime and startling all that the same time, with lyrics that have proven timeless. In Big Yellow Taxi, she wrote:

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

That's how North Carolina is feeling these days. After years of moderate Democratic leadership, voters threw "the bastards" out in 2010 and 2012, looking for greener pastures under the watchful eye of responsible Republicans. Boy were they fooled. Instead of having to contend with Democratic bastards, voters invited in the Devil himself, a trinity of wanton destruction in the form of Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory and Phil Berger. These are men who don't quality for the faintest of praise; they don't even mean well.

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