The other day an obvious question popped into my head.
Where's Elizabeth Dole?
Yes, I know she has lived outside North Carolina for the last half-century, but where are her visits?
Yes, I know she almost never visited the state over the last six years, instead sending staff members to "her" events.
But, this is an election year. Ole' Liddy Dole has to be out there shaking hands, kissing babies, chatting up farmers, rallying the base. Right?
The answer appears to be, No.
We know that Elizabeth Dole couldn't attend the Republican National Convention because she was so busy. So, I wondered just what she was so busy doing. I went to her campaign web page and there isn't even a list of events. Is that unusual. Yes. It. Is.
After Googling and searching various newspaper archives, these are the events I come up with for Elizabeth Dole this campaign:
August 19th - AgFIRST! forum on food safety sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture
August 30thish - Advanced Direct, a small Greensboro direct-mail firm
That appears to be it. I'm not saying she didn't do more events, but if she did they don't appear in the Char-O, N&O, Google, News-Record, Google News, or her website. They also don't appear on her official webpage, where her last official visit to North Carolina was at the dedication of Clinton High School on August 14thish.
So, where in the world is Liddy Dole? Is she having any public events? Is she being interviewed by real reporters or is she being hidden like Palin? When are we going to have a big, state-wide debate? Are they appearing side by side on Meet the Press, because we know how Dole acts on MtP.