BJ Lawson is opposing David Price for the NC 4th Districts Congressional seat.
I'm a Democrat who knows and likes Lawson.
But I'm voting for Price. Here's one reason why:
At a recent debate at UNC-CH (I think it was Monday, Oct 13, 2008), both Price and Lawson make good (and not so good) points during the Q&A period.
However, the basic reason that I like Price and will vote for him are found in his closing statement when he points out that Lawson is "trying to run away from his national ticket".
I agree with Price that this cannot be done, at least not in a legislative body.
Christopher Hitchens (and I) discovered in 1992 that personality is more important than issues. Four years ago my Nobel-Laureate hero, Paul Krugman, pointed out that our political system makes parties more important than personalities.
...we’re living in an age of one-letter politics, in which a politician’s partisan affiliation is almost always far more important than his or her personal beliefs. And those who refuse to recognize this reality end up being useful idiots for those, like President Bush, who have been consistently ruthless in their partisanship.
In other words, neither BJ Lawson nor John McCain can run away from their parties, no matter how mavericky or undefinable they may be.
In their summaries both Price and Lawson point out their common beliefs. I agree with most of them. That gives me hope for the future.
For now, I'll take a Democratic Congress and Presidency.