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Marc Basnight

I am sure that brighter, better-informed and more experienced folk who follow politics in NC have already posted in response to the news that Senator Marc Basnight has been diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease. I am equally certain that I won't be the last to do so, given Basnight's service to this state. But I want to go on record saying how fortunate I feel for having worked within the sphere of his influence. I did not always agree with him, nor always like him, but I certainly did enjoy watching him at work. My best to Senator Basnight and his family.

Roger Bone

I just wanted to take advantage of this forum to say a few words about Roger Bone, who passed away today.

Some BlueNC readers will recognize the name. Roger was for many years, right up to the end, ranked one of the top lobbyists at the North Carolina General Assembly. I knew OF him for years and years before I had the chance to work with him, and boy did I dislike his clients! Argh. Oh YUCK did I dislike 'em. When a common issue did bring us into a working relationship, I had the chance to tease Roger about them, and did. He made no apologies, and I didn't either, but I have to say that I never met with a more frank, honest, straight-shooting person in the hallowed, hellish halls of the state legislature. I keep wanting to write that he charmed me, but the word is wrong; it connotes some bit of manipulation, and that's just not how Roger operated.

Language, people

Hope no one minds this, but these two essays are so funny that I want to circulate them.

The first takes President-elect Obama to task for using complete sentences (Andy Borowitz)

and the second offers observations about Sarah Palin's somewhat different approach to communication (Dick Cavett).

And Speaking of Fresh Starts

James and I disagree often (I'm sure no one has noticed), but on this point I think we are of one mind (the concept is jarring), that Perdue be given every bit of support and encouragement to follow through on the pledge to clean up state government. She deserves the opportunity to show us what she can do, and I, for one, will be much happier feeling proud of the party's leadership than I am in my current mode of skepticism.

Gary Pearce observes:

Governor-elect Bev Perdue is wrestling with two public images. One is the picture in Sunday’s N&O of her with Marc Basnight, with Basnight looming over her. The other is her vow election night to make a “fresh start.”

Her speech was odd. She sounded tired, even touchy. She reprimanded the crowd for not listening. Clearly, she had something she wanted them to hear.

PBS on Lee Atwater HOLY DEPRESSING Godawful downer of a tale

Of course, as with any biography, it's all in the telling. I don't know what the many friends of Atwater who participated in the documentary would make of this final product. I would say an effort was made to show the "human" part of Atwater. That seems to have consisted largely in his genuine appreciation for and delight in music, especially blues. But frankly, that was about it as far as the "likeable about Atwater" aspect extended.

It certainly gives him his due for intelligence, energy and determination, but neither does it stint on the outright evil behind his success stories. I don't think Mary Matalin's contributions did much to offset the impression that this guy is a model for any unrepentant cynic whose aim in politics isn't connected to a specific agenda so much as it is to WINNING at any cost.
In this regard, it was pretty depressing.

And then it got even more depressing.

The Right Wing Stays Classy

As always, with permission:

Pamela Troy's Journal
The Right Wing Stays Classy
Posted by Pamela Troy in General Discussion
Fri Nov 07th 2008, 08:55 PM

Dear Friend,

The spirit of Winston Churchill was alive and well on Tuesday night at Focus on the Family Action headquarters.
You may recall that in the most desperate days of World War II – when Great Britain was being pounded daily by Hitler’s Luftwaffe – that Winston Churchill called on his countrymen not to despair from danger but to rise to the challenge.

Fundraising from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family sent out 11/6/08, quoted at


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