First, thank you to you gentlemen who have kept BlueNC running these many years. I have not posted in some time, and I appreciate this forum still being a place where I can express my take on NC politics.
My take is that the leadership of the North Carolina Democratic Party did little to recruit candidates for the 2022 election. A quick count showed that republicans won 14 seats in the state senate and 29 seats in the state house UNOPPOSED. I may be off by 1 or 2 seats as it was indeed a quick count, and I am seeing red at this moment ... in more ways than one. As a comparison I checked 2020 to see if this was "normal". It is most definitely NOT normal. In 2020 democrats fielded candidates in all senate districts and all but 2 house districts. The state party's prime responsibilities are to (#1) recruit candidates and then (#2) support those candidates. As a result the GOP in NC now is one House vote away from having veto proof majorities for the next 2 years.
I saw something similar happen in 2009-2010. In 2009 the NCDP elected a vapid non-entity as state chair. In 2010 Art Pope bought republicans majorities in the legislature; they gerrymandered the state all to hell, and we have been fighting uphill ever since. Leadership failed then and NCDP leadership failed in 2022. This year in New York, Democratic party leadership is taking heat because 4 federal House seats flipped to republicans. As the saying goes "elections have consequences", especially elections where one party is asleep at the wheel.
New, energetic leadership is definitely called for. The next set of NCDP chairs will be elected in 2023; they will be the party's leaders in 2024, and we cannot afford another election with lackadaisical, laissez-faire "leadership".