This started out as a comment, but since I knew I needed to blog about what I did this weekend, I decided to expand my comment on TrueMeckDems post and just go ahead and write up a little something ... imperfectly thought out, though it is.
We have had a question posed here about why Democratic candidates for state wide offices have not been to blueNC to post or dialog with us as they have plummeted deeper and deeper into general election mode.
I would submit that our Democratic candidates are very busy right now touring the state so they can win their elections. Many, if not all of them are out there at public events all over the state nearly every week. So, I have a few different questions I think we would do well to ask of ourselves: What are WE doing to help them? Do we care to help them?
If we do want to help them, why aren't we going to their events, covering their speeches, and blogging about them?
If we don't care to help them, then I think Robert P. may be right, why should they come here?
I'm as guilty as anyone -- more, in fact. I ran up to the library in Brevard this past Saturday to hear/see Kay Hagan. I was in town with my daughter and had a long enough break at lunch that I could do that. I was going to blog about it, but realized that I would have to write from a different angle than intended.
No time like the present, I guess ...
My problem last Saturday was, I got lost and got confused and went to a Dole event that was going on in town at the same time. Consequently, I got to the Hagan event fairly late. I was really mad at myself. (They had closed off a block of Main street in front of the Municipal Building on a busy Saturday -- and sold food/lunch at lunch time -- in a tourist town for Dole's thing ... terribly inconsiderate of local businesses if you ask me.)
Hagan had invited folks to come out to the library downtown on a Saturday and sit and have lunch with her and her family in a quiet place where two way communication could actually take place. She gave a policy speech (which I missed, having been diverted by the lure of balloons and cacophoney on Main Street) and she answered a number of questions from the crowd.
Dole, on the other hand, had set up a mini-carnival of balloons, streamers, food booths and noise. All flash, no substance.
Wish I had a camera. The visual difference between the two events was truly remarkable. One was about community and communication. The other was about Bread & Circuses. It was a meta-lesson.