Beverly's Blue Eyes and Precious Memories

I've been so, so mean to Beverly for weeks now, and I just have to say that watching her eyes water up as she mentioned the little girl who gave her pennies for her campaign, I couldn't help but think, Oh My God, that blue eyeshadow was a perfect choice.

I don't think we can hold onto cynical thoughts, can we, when we're facing a woman wearing powder blue eyeshadow?

Oh -- great -- there goes Richard talking about the pension fund. Who gives a rat's ass about our pension fund when Beverly here has just watered up talking about a little girl who gave her the coins from her piggy bank?




Got to hand it to David

Got to hand it to David Crabtree for calling Bev out on the golden leaf fund, and why it's taken so long to do anything about it.

Oh shame on you, Dixieblue, and David Crabtree.

Bev says that pointing out her voting record is just "cynicisms and distractions."

She just wants to move forward and talk about the kids. I guess it's to her credit that she doesn't say "chirren," but it's really, really, all about her eyes shining when she talks about the kids.

You're right Brunette

It really is all about the "blue eyes cryin'"

What was I thinking.

"All these gizmos and high-tech gadgets the kids have today"

I love when she refers to the Internet, ipods, computers, etc. as "gizmos and high-wire (?) gadgets" and then proceeds to uniquely understand how to apply technology to educational testing.

I think she just called herself "the queen of virtual."


you guys are so very unbelieveable. The woman talked about what was important to her. She has continued to run a positive campaign even though her opponent spends every minute and every cent of his 1.5 million on negative adds. it is amazing that the only thing you can talk about is blue eye shadow.

Thanks, Sam

I mostly ignore stuff like this these days, but I appreciate your heartfelt comments. Just wanted you to know that. Thanks for speaking up.

Not exactly

She's really only running a positive campaign because she tried going negative, was awful at it, and found no other option but to be positive.

Being "negative" by bringing up past votes and contradictions on Bev's part doesn't seem like a bad campaign strategy. Especially since she's not answering the attacks. She's setting herself up to be Swift Boated.

So, so, so, sorry, Sam

I couldn't help it. When she was pourin' her heart out and just letting her voice crack with emotion about the "kids" I was unable to avoid the blinking blue of her powdery eyeshadow. Shallow, I acknowledge, but that's how it is with impressions. If it helps any, I thought Richard Moore's thumbs were weirdly large.

Yes, she just poured her heart out! And yes, it's unbelievably callous for a person to pick on on someone who has just POURED her HEART out! (It wasn't tears I had to choke back, but dinner.)

She's a piece of work. Richard Moore talked about a lot of specifics when it came to financing and management. She talked about how her parents were poor and how important education is. Really went out on a limb.

And no, actually, Richard Moore has put out lots of positive ads. The negative ones are just more fun to watch.

Lookit, she's the one who made the executive decision to wear eyeshadow to match her powder blue pantsuit. I guess she figured a silk bow in her hair would have been overkill, but I was really disappointed she didn't just go for broke on the "I'm a sweet, sweet, sweet gal who just wants everybody to be positive and all the 'kids' to get an education, 'cause my parents were poor and Daddy worked in a coal mine" schtick.

Sign me,

I don't care about her eyeshadow.

I just don't like her, and I don't like the way she is campaigning. I for one care about things like the state pension fund and other bureaucratic, wonky accomplishments. Perdue did do a good job managing the BRAC response; I do like that. But I don't care about being smiley and folky; I want the governor to be smart and good at managing if not necessarily nice. Easley ran two successful campaigns on being down home and "just Mike," and I don't think he has been a very good governor.

Bottom line, I think she is a very go-along, get-along mainline Democrat and is trying to gloss over any criticism to that mode of governing with "let's be nice here y'all."

Takes years off a person's life

to explain this . . . but since you did notice this:

Bottom line, I think she is a very go-along, get-along mainline Democrat and is trying to gloss over any criticism to that mode of governing with "let's be nice here y'all."

I kinda thought you'd take the eyeshadow reference as bit of a tongue-in-cheek metaphor.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke


It's definitely a good ole boys endorsement.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

They do.

In fact, it's reappearing as a kind of retro-thing.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

hmph. I hated it in the 70's.

I assume you're discussing Perdue v. Moore on teevee. Anything of substance come out of the debate besides the reemergence of blue eyeshadow?

(There is a part of me that feels compelled to ask a question about how closely Richard Moore had shaved, or something, because I honestly don't think politics should be about how a female politician looks. But I won't, because I happen to believe that blue eyeshadow is unforgivable under any circumstances.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Linda, see my response above

(to praha) on the matter of what matters ~

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

gov. debate

As usual, you are right. Perdue's gooey rhetoric was pretty gross. So was her eyeshadow. I loved when David Crabtree sort of called her out about being leader of the senate and not having tried to enact her budget plan before running for governor. Moore was on point throughout the debate. He didn't dodge questions(like the one about the DOT) and he gave lots and lots of details. I've been a Moore fan for a while now but this debate really solidified things for me. In MY view(don't want to offend anyone), he is by far the most intelligent of the two. I think it was definitely a win for Moore.

If only it really had been a debate!

He'd have wiped up the floor with her.

He really is extremely bright, notwithstanding those pretty boy looks. That he is by far the more thoughtful of the two certainly came through in the discussion, and would certainly come through if the two had a "real" debate instead of a "let's sit here and talk with David and Pam" whatever you want to call it.

But I doubt many people were watching.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

No real debate

I agree there was no real debate, Bev won't permit that. Moore is a good guy, bright, good looking etc.

Bev will most likely win with her 30-second TV ads with seniors and small children in the clip.

Sorry I was not there to liven up the debate but they won't let me on with Perdue. She won't show if I am there.

As to the negative ads, people go to the races to see the wrecks, no different here. Neg ads work.

Nice to talk with you again Ms Brunette

Colonel Dennis Nielsen

Hey Colonel!

Good to hear from you. Hope you and yours are well.


I like the Indepent's

I like the Indepent's endorsement of Moore...


Given the mudfest in the Democratic primary, it's a murky choice at best between the two leading candidates. Neither has earned any respect with their relentlessly negative campaigns. Both are rich, middle-of-the-road party regulars who, when the muck is cleared, differ little on the issues. Each drips sincerity to the point that common folk turn away. You won't go wrong keeping your vote in your pocket. But forced to choose, we come down on the side of Richard Moore, the state treasurer, over Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue.

Moore has done good work in his two terms as treasurer, modernizing investment policies for the state's $78 billion pension portfolio to achieve a better balance of stocks and bonds—and a more prudent mix of safety and risk—than his very risk-averse predecessor, Harlan Boyles. The returns on those investments under Moore's leadership have been competitive with the broad markets, as they should be, and contrary to the Perdue campaign's dark assertions that they haven't.

Moore was among the first public pension fund managers to join the investor-protection movement, questioning the huge salaries paid to corporate executives and demanding cuts in the bloated fees some mutual fund companies charge.

It's true, Moore sullied that good work by wringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the Wall Street firms he hired to help invest the state's money. He thus opened himself up to suspicions that he was choosing advisors based on their political support, a perception that, even if false, can't be disproved.

And yes, early in his campaign Moore did exclaim how "wonderful" it would be to repeal the state's corporate income tax. No, it wouldn't: It would be a $1.3 billion boondoggle. Moore's stopped saying it, fortunately. But it's indicative of his pro-business bent.

On the other hand, Moore has called for reforming the state's politics-ridden system of transportation funding. And he did speak out early, at a business conference in January 2006, for increasing the state's minimum wage, which was long before it occurred to any of North Carolina's other pro-business Democrats to say so—a list which includes, notably, Perdue.

As lieutenant governor, Perdue has little power, so there's not much to point to—good or bad—in her "record" over two terms. We credit her efforts as chair of the state's Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which controls part of the tobacco-settlement money, especially in leading anti-smoking efforts in the schools. She also took up the task, at Gov. Mike Easley's direction, of arguing the case for the state's military bases back when the Bush administration was looking for bases to cut. Her campaign ads exaggerate the "danger" to North Carolina. Still, she did her duty.

But Perdue fanned on her one chance to do something positive as lieutenant governor when she broke the tie in the Senate (the only time she gets a vote is when there is a tie) and gave us the so-called "education" lottery. Her vote won her favor with the state teachers' association, which is currently smearing Moore with negative ads—in contradiction of Perdue's solemn pledge to go positive. But it was a lousy decision to raise school money in such a destructive and regressive way.

Moreover, Perdue's made no bones about wanting to be governor from the day she took the No. 2 job, and has campaigned for it virtually full-time ever since. She's had every chance to speak up about anything that was not getting done in Raleigh but should—to break with the party establishment, in other words, about something. If she ever did, we've not heard it. Nor did we hear it from her when she was in the General Assembly and earned a reputation as "one of the guys"—and one of the tough guys at that.

We're still trying to forget Perdue's deceptive claim that she was "real poor" growing up, a self-styled "Coal Miner's Daughter." Her father was indeed a miner at first, but soon became a wealthy coal-mine owner and utility company executive. Perdue now accurately says of him on the stump that he was successful despite little formal education.

And Perdue has a cadre of progressive Democrats supporting her, including many women, who believe that if she's elected, she'll be better than Moore at the hard work of getting things done in Raleigh. That may be. Behind that fixed smile, Perdue is known for the kind of grim determination it takes to be elected the first woman governor. What she's not known for is inspired leadership.

The History of Blue Eye Paint

A point of reference: between 400,000 years ago and the second interglacial period in the Middle Pleistocene, around 250,000 years ago, the application of blue eye paint was quite common among the Maudlinites that settled what is now modern Perdikas in Greece, a place then known as the "valley of the mawkish people whose eyes are blue and moist as the large body of water to the south."


Thank you, Caveman

Your prehistorical contributions are helpful and deeply appreciated.

I am happy

I am happy to endorse Bev Perdue. Yes Rick has done a good job as treasurer but that does not measure his ability to run the whole state. Why what did he do when he was a representative. Not much I don't think. I could be wrong. Sure you can dig through every vote and find something you dont like about a candidate. But at least Bev has a record to dig through. When you haven't had to make tough decisions in the legislature then you have plenty of room to complain about those who do. It's kinda like being on the bench when all of the other players are being scruffed up in the game. It amounts to him walking onto the field with what appears to be a clean uniform and then starting to point out what the team should or could have done. Talk about monday morning quarterbacking. And that's my final answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pointing out someone's history is only negative

When their history is negative. In the case of Bev. Perdue's record, it is negative.

My favorite part about Bev's aweshucks campaign is when she gets called out for doing something entirely stupid her retort is that she is endorsed by such-and-such organization.

Tell me why I should vote for you Bev. and not about how you are endorsed by teachers and sheriffs. Tell me what you stand for, tell me what your plan is. I know Richard's plan, I know what he stands for.

her entire campaign is puppy dogs and lollipops. It's great Bev. that you are for a dog in every house and a lolipop in ever crib, but how the hell are you going to do it?

Teachers and Sheriffs

I'm pretty sure that pointing out she sponsored the Safe Schools legislation and was endorsed by teachers and law enforcement is important shorthand in her ads for school safety, especially now that Richard Moore is running his own ads saying that Bev wants to put a gun in every backpack and that she personally wants to shoot our children while they're trying to learn.

The problem with negative ads is that they only work until they're not believable anymore. Moore is streeeeeeeeetching too far these days, and I think you'll see a backfire. This race started out with Bev in the lead, but with two strong candidates. In the natural election arc of tightening at the primary, this race is supposed to be "too close to call" right now, but Moore's unbelievable negative ads are probably keeping him from closing the gap.

Cussing people in the insurance office

I don't know what exactly the details were, but I always remember hearing this story about Andy Griffith storming into an insurance office in Mt. Airy of thereabouts and giving the employees a cussing. That's my only impression of what he's actually like.