Open shred: Da Governors De-Bait

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Did anyone watch da debates last night? I had a small family emergency that kept me away, but there's rumor of a re-run tonight. In the meantime, Laura Leslie at WUNC-FM has the best summary I've found. Bottom line: Republicans still full of government-hating nonsense, offering nothing more than cut taxes and build roads. Moore and Perdue still slinging mud.

The only people who look good in this are Pat McCrory and Mike Munger, and that's because they weren't there.


What you need to know about the Republicans.

We have a party that wants to carry us into the future. Then, we have a party that wants.....


Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Dream on, GOP

You're no Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan wasn't even Ronald Reagan. He was an antique grade B actor with Alzheimer's, for G*d sake. Get over it.

Just got an email

Richard Moore is going up on TV. The email has a pdf with when the ads will air in various areas, but no youtube or nothing. Guess I wont see the ad

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I got it too.

It's a weird testament to the interTubes that candidates are now able to announce that they'll be running ads. I wish he would have just sent the commercial. Why the big drum-roll?

Yeah, that was weird....

Who wants to bet the media had a copy hand-delivered to their stations for airing?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

My only disappointment with Laura's recap

Is that she excluded Moore's wonderful comment about Perdue's birth state since she included Perdue's "Wall Street vs. Main Street" quip.

Otherwise, her summary seemed fair and balanced (do I dare use that phrase? I guess so.).

Well, with only 90 seconds to speak

I think quips was all there was time for.

Are we so commercial driven (I mean actual commercial advertisements seen on tv and heard on radio) that we cannot even listen to policy proposals for more than a minute and a half?

You got it, Anglico.

With just five minutes, give or take (and it goes by WAY faster than you think), reporters have to choose our tape pretty carefully.

Re Moore's NC/VA quip: it was a good line, and I gave a lot of thought to including it, but the trade-off would've meant giving up some of the little substance the debate contained. (Especially by the time I'd've finished explaining that Moore was talking about the fact Perdue was born in VA.)

Glad you liked it anyway, though. And even if Fox has co-opted the phrase "fair and balanced," the idea is still something most of us journos aspire to. So thanks very much!

Laura Leslie
(Barkeep, Isaac Hunter's Tavern)

Laura Leslie
blogger/reporter for WRAL @NCCapitol
Former Barkeep of Isaac Hunter's Tavern

I don't know how you do it.

One of the things about being a compulsive blogger is the ability to frequently edit and rewrite . . . plus explain things "later" in the comments. In your line of work, producing a segment is more like a permanent a commitment that has to stand on its own. Plus you have more or less no time to do it.

Glad you stopped by.

I'll have Wild Turkey on the rocks.

The Education debate had more substance

Though in both debates I got the impression that Moore was responding to Perdue instead of throwing mud. I can't believe the press is letting them get away with this Parton stuff without even explaining the perfunctory nature of the LGC.

My 2 cents. I'll go back to "lurking" now.

off topic

Thanks for your work in general. Whenever I need to know the dirty details and still figure out the big picutre on a legislative issue you are one of the first places I look.

Keep doing what you are doing.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think the debate score is:

Moore 1, Republicans 1, Perdue 0

Can someone come up with a way to make these more interesting?

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I'm not sure we should be scoring these

It's not a sporting event to be scored, nor is it a debate tournament. The goal is to try and learn enough about the candidates so we can make an intelligent decision in May, and then again in November.

So far, as an undecided voter, I don't think that either campaign has been effective in getting its message to me. I hope that by May, Perdue and Moore will have done their jobs as Democrats and candidates, and effective communicated their messages and differences, so I can make an effective choice in the voting booth.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi