Tonight at 6:30 on BlueNC Radio: Gary Pearce


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Gary, thank you for taking the time to come here so that we can get answers and opinions from such a credible source such as yourself. There seems to be a very big shift in the political "mood" in this country that, if it continues, can spell disaster for the democratic party in November, 2010. Obama was elected,in part, because of a huge backlash by the electorate from the Bush years and just because of how poorly the republican leadership managed our country's government.

Now, suddenly it seems, that very same electorate wants to go back to what we had before Obama. If that continues, regardless who the winner is in our (democratic) primary to have the opportunity to rid our state of Richard Burr, we will ultimately fail. Between the fact that Obama & Co. is being demonized more and more by the media and the latest Supreme Court ruling to allow corporate entities to spend unlimited amounts of money to support their favored candidates, how can we, as dedicated democratic campaign workers with solid beliefs in the democratic agenda, offset that?

What can we grassroots folks do?

Again, thank you for your presentations here on BlueNC.

Foxtrot

Questions for Gary

Are voters really in a "throw the bums out" mood?

By this, I mean are there cases where voters threw a bum or two out, but kept most of the others.

I'm thinking of the much talked about post-2008 elections (VA, NJ governor's races). I'd note that the VA legislature stayed pretty much the same make-up and a Democrat just took a VA state Senate seat formerly held by the from the now GOP AG in VA. This Dem win in the shadow of DC happened only days before the Mass Senate loss.

What gives with the voter Jekyll/Hyde?

Bottom line: When is anti-incumbent really anti-incumbent? It's just an overwrought meme, right? All politics is local.

 

Enjoyed the broadcast

I was a little disappointed my question was not asked, but Gary is a talker, so no time. At right at 6:48 pm, my "AVAST" antivirus started "singing"....virus. Not sure what that was about. Curious if anyone else got that same thing.

Thanks, James. Great job. Gary Pearce was a SUPER guest.

I'm sorry we didn't hit your question exactly

though Gary did talk about the "mood" of the electorate a couple of times.

Maybe he'll swing by with a response online.

Thanks for listening, Foxy. You're a good man.

No problembo

I really got into what Gary was saying. Thanks, James for that. I wasn't being critical about my question and yes, Gary did respond to most of it. I considered actually calling but we (my repugmate and I) got into what he was saying so much, time left us. (no, she does not know I said that :).

I like this venue, a LOT. Gary has just got this "blunt reality" about him you just HAVE to admire. And, you are really getting the hang of the "moderator" thingy. :)

What are you thinking about doing next Monday night?

What a fabulous show

Thank you, Gary Pearce, for sharing your time and insights with us. I personally learned more in the last half hour than I have in the last year about North Carolina politics. No exaggeration.

I'll get a link to the broadcast up shortly ... make sure you come back and listen.

J

Yet more questions for Gary

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Dan Besse

Great Show!

Should make it an 1 Hour Show if Possible. 30 minutes just doesn't seem long enough. I used to 3 hours Talk Shows!

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

Good Show! Good Questions! Honest Answers!

Move over Glenn Beck and Neal Bootsz radio.......well maybe not yet.....but a bright future for more info in the market place of internet Radio......

Just found time to listen to this

Great work Gary & James!

Great job!

Happy to contribute!

Listened to show last night via archive

I understand what Gary is saying about this being another "run-against-Washington" election, but when has anyone in modern political history run a "pro-Washington" election?

There is a difference between "status quo" elections and "change" elections, but this "it's not a good time to be an incumbent" stuff is a load of crap.

Reagan ran as a change agent (anti-Washington if you please) even as an incumbent.

What don't political consultants get (or want to say) about that difference?

 

SpeechNow Vs FEC - The other shoe drops

This Wednesday, January 27, at 9:30 a.m., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear the case of SpeechNow Vs FEC.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations may fund independent political ads without government-imposed limits. Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 27, 2010), a federal appeals court will consider whether individual Americans who join together to fund political ads share that same unrestricted freedom of speech. This will be the first case in which a lower court considers the impact of last week's Citizens United decision on other provisions of campaign finance laws.

For Thomas Jefferson, power was always a corrupting force, and concentrations of power were always to be avoided lest the Republic founder:

What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian Senate.

I posted this before but now may be the time to re-listen to that other founder,
George Carlin.

-b

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There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon

Electorate's Mood

In the interest of being more responsive to Foxtrot's question (sorry for talking so long - 30 minutes goes by fast) - I don't think the mood has really changed. It's as bad as it was in 2006 and 2008. We're just in charge now, and we're paying the price the Republicans did before.

What can we do? Don't despair. The keys to a campaign are alwsys Money and Message. I don't think the SCOTUS ruling is a death knell. Remember that Obama drowned McCain in money (much of it raised on the Web) in 2008.

And don't overread what voters "want." Most of them aren't sure what medicine the economy needs. They want somebody who understands their problems, has a reasonable plan for addressing them and seems both committed and able to doing something.

This is where the Massachusetts election could be a blessing. Let the Republicans take some blame for Washington not acting. But Obama has to put up a clear plan for helping people, then challenge the Republicans to put up or shut up.

Thanks for listening. I enjoyed it. And thanks to BlueNC for providing a forum to show there's plenty of life and energy in the NCDP.

Thanks, Mr. Pearce

This is where the Massachusetts election could be a blessing. Let the Republicans take some blame for Washington not acting. But Obama has to put up a clear plan for helping people, then challenge the Republicans to put up or shut up.

I LIKE it ! I think you are right, Gary. It is one thing to pull off some kind of "upset" in an election but yet another to do something with it. Could be some great ammo for us, as you say.

Hey, thanks for the response. I hope neither you or James thought I was upset about me saying what I did about my question. I got a WHOLE LOT more out of what you said than just answering one particular question of mine. And, thanks for giving us your perspective. I feel more energized than ever now.

But yet another to do something with it - Preach on, brother!

"I LIKE it ! I think you are right, Gary. It is one thing to pull off some kind of "upset" in an election but yet another to do something with it. Could be some great ammo for us, as you say."

Yes, it is one thing to pull off some kind of "upset" in an election but yet another to do something with it.

I believe that's exactly what the American people are waiting for..........seeing what President Obama and the Democrats will do with their resounding victory of the 2008 election.

Like you say.....do something with it.

Obama cannot be a blockade runner

There seems to be this belief by some that think that because Obama won in 2008 and the democrats are now in majority in both houses of congress, getting meaningful change should be a walk in the park. These people have been trying to be blockade runners bringing meaningful change and overcoming tremendous challenges for America having to drive through a massive effort to block and stop anything they do.

Have they made some wrong decisions? Yes. Has the process been less than open and the method somewhat questionable at times? Yes. But, maybe at least some of that is because of the immense negativism portrayed by the republicans that has been going on at every turn.

Bush had a lot of the same thing that hampered some of his proposals. There is no question about that. But, government should not be about "payback". It should be about working to improve the plight of the american people.

I am not sure if you are being the "devil's advocate" here or if you are a moderate-to-conservative individual leaning right and are here to continue the negativism portrayed against our current administration. In any case, take a step back and take an honest look at just how hard the republican leadership in this country works to make sure that few, if any Obama or democratic programs or legislation becomes policy or law.

There are two sides to every story. Sometimes you have to read both sides of the page.

Not sure either

"I am not sure if you are being the "devil's advocate" here or if you are a moderate-to-conservative individual leaning right and are here to continue the negativism portrayed against our current administration."

Well, I sometimes am the "devil's advocate," especially since I have been married to his sister for 46 years.

As far as the rest I fluctuate all over the place. I will continue will the negativism against the current administration as I did against Bush, Bush, Clinton, Carter, Eisenhower, et al, when deemed necessary.

After listening to a lifetime of campaign promises I don't think any deserve a pass. They promised to do a job "out of their desire to serve the common good" (LOL), so get on with it. It was said of LBJ that he wanted everybody to like him. The Presidency is not that job.

I want every President to succeed and especially the one who is currently serving....and the one after him....and I'd like to see one after a "her."

Very funny

Well, I sometimes am the "devil's advocate," especially since I have been married to his sister for 46 years.

I thought so

Yeah, I sort of got that impression of you reading your posts here. You come across as "ruff and gruff", but I see what you are saying in your post here I am responding to and I think that many of the people that come here understand what you mean. There is more to just making promises to get elected, that about it? You have to walk the talk (I am hung up on that phrase, sorry).

True, RH, true. And, I am glad you do truly want Obama to succeed. I do too, very much.

Oh, and I am married to a pretty conservative republican myself so I get what you said about that. :)