We Need Some Good News

Maybe it was just Anglico and I who were feeling a bit pissy today. It seems that stress levels are high and the news goes from bad to worse. Whether it's Jim Black dragging down our spirits or Newt Gingrich foaming at the mouth cheering on WWIII, it seems we're catching it from both sides politically.

What's worse is that while we worry about what truly are important questions concerning our nation's future, there are men, women and children dying simply because they live in the wrong building or were shopping in the wrong market or praying in the wrong mosque. We don't talk about that much here at BlueNC. However, that doesn't mean we are indifferent to the pain of those suffering through these terrible events. At this stage I'm not sure there is anything we can do but sit back and watch as the horror of the bombings unfolds in the Middle East.

It's sometimes hard for me to justify being so focused on November's elections when so much of the rest of the world is suffering in ways far worse than I can imagine. Our elections are important, though. They are important because we have an opportunity to change the direction of our country and to put the United States back in a position of respect and power. We will once again have a chance to earn the respect of other nations that comes from having the power and willingness to work for the common good globally.

This is why I'm going to stay focused on our elections. I am not indifferent to the pain of the rest of the world, but I'm going to work to do what I can to send a political message that will help our country change directions. This is where the good news comes in. I bet you were wondering when I was going to get to that part.

This evening I was reading Charlie Cook's new article at NationalJournal.com. The title alone will lift your spirits a bit: "The GOP Hill Gets Steeper". Are you feeling a bit better yet? IF not, here are some choice quotes. I will do my best to stay within fair use boundaries.

With fewer than 100 days left before the Nov. 7 election, certain assumptions can now be made, contingent upon the absence of a cataclysmic event.

First, the political climate will be extremely hostile to Republican candidates. Second, while Republicans benefited from turnout in 2002 and 2004, this time voter turnout will benefit Democratic candidates. And third, the advantage that the GOP usually has in national party spending will be significantly less than normal.

In terms of the political climate, the facts are clear. All of the traditional diagnostic indicators in major national polls taken in the past 10 days show numbers consistent with an electoral rout.

(Emphasis my own)

Cook goes on to quote several polls that support this analysis. I will try to provide some specifics from those later. There's more, though...much more.

In the House, where Democrats need a 15-seat gain to win a majority, Republicans have 15 seats that the Cook Political Report currently rates as toss-ups. No Democratic seats remain in that column. Another 21 GOP seats are rated as leaning Republican.

In a very large tidal-wave election, as this one appears to be, it would not be unusual to see all toss-ups go to one party, along with a few out of the leaning column as well. Republicans might lose their House majority just in the seats in which they are behind or in which their edge is within a poll's margin of error.

(Once again, I added the emphasis.)

I don't always agree with Charlie Cook, but others much smarter than I seem to respect him. I've read his other columns and this is the first I've seen him so positive about a possible leadership change in Washington. It provided just the lift I needed to keep working hard for Democratic majorities in Raleigh and Washington.

I've left this off the front page since it isn't about NC or NC politics. Just thought we could all use a bit of encouragement.

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All politics is local + don't apologize

I've quoted Tip O'Neill elsewhere: All politics is local.

Julia Child, when asked for advice about cooking, said don't ever apologize.

Democracy is a messy thing. Good news? You put some squiggles on a picture of John Edwards and people take more notice than if you wrote a 1,500 word essay.

Keep mashing those buttons.

Greg

Thanks Greg!

Julia Child obviously never tasted my cooking....

I will keep pushing the buttons...on my keyboard and on the people who need to have their buttons pushed. It just gets a little hard to keep things in perspective sometimes.

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SD, cheer up!

Gerald Galloway emailed me, he's the unif trying for Richard Morgan's seat in Moore county. I think, I hope, that he will answer my questions and send back some good info.

Also, my daughter emailed this picture....well I can't figure out how to bring it here. It would have given you a chuckle....

I'm cheered Momo

You can always email it to me. :)

I don't know how familiar you are with photo hosting sites, but Photobucket.com is free. That's what I use. I'll try to help you get the picture hosting thing worked out in the next few days.

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Hey SD!

This is great stuff! I voted to put it on the front page. :)

I also stole chunks of it to pass on to our Johnston Co. democraticDiscussions listserv. :)

Your encouragement here is very relevant to NC politics, I think. It's tiresome some days to keep giving up time and tens and twenties to our NC candidates when you're a 40hr a weeker and not so wealthy. This kind of stuff from you keeps our chins up and our resolve strong. Keep it up!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. 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."

Thanks, Leslie...

Cook's article came at a good time for me. It was just the lift I needed. Glad you liked the news.

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Thanks for posting this.

Recommended as well. I have to remind myself every day that this is why we do what I do here. If we're going to change the world, we're going to have to change who's running it at every level of government.

And that means we have to always be alert and . . .


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Love Whack A Mole!

Thank you, Anglico! I just LOVE that Whack A Mole game!!

It's just the thing for taking out frustrations. Better than a glass of wine at the end of the work day. But I recommend the glass of wine anyway. Reds. For medicinal purposes, ya know. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. 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."

Reds?

You're not one of them there commie rats now, are you?

Whack.

:)

Your sphere of influence

I try to keep up with the developments in the middle east and around the world when I'm not working, having time with my wife, or pummelling Charles Taylor.

If we do as much as we can with the tools at our disposal, we'll be able to look our children in the eye and say we did our level best to make the world a better place for them.

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Just for chuckles

Maybe this will lift everyone today...well sorta....and maybe it will bring everyone down....ok, I'll take my chances.

Check this out:Sometimes Truth Comes Out in Jest

Thanks Stan, IT WORKS!!!!!! (choir of angels in the background, streams of light shining thru my windows!)

Hilarious...just hilarious

n/t


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