Here are my questions:
1. Why did N&O endorse McCrory?
Is this about a grudge-match between N&O and the party? Doesn't seem like it, given that most of its other endorsements are for Democrats.
Is it a splashy way of announcing the paper's departure from its older role as a Democratic Party organ? This is a strong possibility, and one suggested by several local media pundits.
Finally, given that the media tends to reflect popular opinion, is it possible that N&O is just holding a mirror up to the face of a constituency tired of the old Democratic Party Machine?
I think I've made clear in other posts that I think this is the case. So here's another question.
2. What do we need to do about it if we, as progressives, still think the Democratic Party offers the best chance for forwarding our agendas?
Maybe nothing for the while. If Perdue wins, and I think she will, she will have the chance to show us what she's made of. We can see whether her zeal to improve things is equal to her zeal for achieving office. Those two aren't always identical enthusiasms.
If McCrory wins and we keep both Senate and House of the General Assembly, he will almost certainly have to govern as a moderate. That would dampen our chances of unseating him in four years. If McCrory wins and we lose enough senate seats to give his party control or at least an even playing field, he will want -- I'm guessing -- to exploit a stronger position by pushing harder for the right wing's agenda. Otherwise he would be pretty vulnerable in four years.
But what nobody really knows at this point is what the effect of the new voters will be. Will it be just this one shot for Obama or will we have a revitalized party as well as a more dominant one?
Given the record number of new voters registered for this election, it seems to me that whomever wins the governor's race, the opportunity exists to build on the framework established by this campaign. We have to be smart about keeping these new voters interested and informed, the better to bring forward an even more progressive slate of candidates when election time rolls around again.