I went to the Civitas Luncheon they do once a month to spin up their poll results.
Verna Collins (NBC-17) and Jack Hawk were the speakers.
Hawk consistently described low Bush and GOP numbers as "bad." Numbers he considered to present a political advantage to the GOP were called "good" or "encouraging." Poll results Hawk considered to be favorable to Democrats were "bad."
Similarly, he repeatedly used the terms "we" and "us" to describe the Republican party. Referring to polls he determined to be favorable to the GOP, he said, "This is good for us" and "We are improving here."
Hawk consistently used the term "Democrat Party," even using the confusing term "The Democrat" to refer to Democratic voters across the state. The one exception to this was when reading off a power point display he stumbled: "the Democratic, excuse me, Democrat party."
In a weird joke nobody laughed at, he compared the Democratic majority to an unloved wife.
Hawk described the News and Observer as "a dirt rag thing."
He described Republican defeats in 2006 as "unfortunate." He called "Reaganomics" good policy.
While talking about tax subsidy to big business, Hawk pointed at me and said "I know I'm going to read about it online from that NCBlue (sic) person." He made a comment about BlueNC "attacking him." Hawk apparently thinks BlueNC is in favor of corporate incentives.
Civitas has a new vice president Francis Deluca. He is the former president of Americans for Prosperity.
Civitas is going to be conducting it's next poll on the Charlotte election. They made plain that they intend to show that Charlotte voters are opposed to public transportation.
One last thing. At some point someone stood up and said, "When will these people realize that a tax on the rich is even worse than a tax on the poor?!" Ayn Rand would be proud.