When most people think about electoral politics nowadays, they think about the presidential race. But here in North Carolina, the presidential primary is over and there is little we can do or say to influence the national debate. Either Bernie or Hillary will emerge as the nominee. There is nothing more to be said.
When BlueNC readers think about electoral politics, however, it is the sorry state of our state that drives the agenda. The US Senate race. The Congressional races. The gubernatorial race. The NC Supreme Court. The council of state. The legislature. Those are the races we can influence, and if there was ever a time for us to step up, this is it.
This year, I'm supporting every Democrat who's running in every way I can. That means giving money, raising money, sharing mailing lists, promoting candidates on Facebook, commenting on news stories, engaging in online debates, talking to friends, blogging, and, finally, serving as a greeter on election day. My wife Jane is doing shifts at the public library for voter registration, and also working with Planned Parenthood and Lillian's List to support worthwhile candidates.
The most important election in our lifetimes is coming up in seven months. If we don't elect more and better Democrats, we'll be looking at four more years of incompetence in Raleigh. What are you going to do to help?