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I made up this bumpersticker

more than a year ago, back before I knew we were heading toward a gubernatorial showdown.

Let the man rest a day, please...

Plus, I'd say there are some others with their eye on that race as well.

I like Moore, though. He would have been a great governor.

"Hampton Dellinger WILL be a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

please no!!

that was one of the worse signs I've ever seen.* :-)

*not yours here but the one they used this year.

Use our voice

In November there will be a million people focused on the Ds and Rs at the top of the ballot. I highly reccomend that the members of BlueNC bring a strong voice to judicial races. I doubt I need to tell anyone here why they matter, but we can make a huge impact.

The people that will need our help are Linda Stephens, Cheri Beasley, Kristin Ruth, Suzanne Reynolds, John Arrowood, and Jim Wynn. Over the past few months I have had an oppurtunity to meet all of these wonderful people and I can tell you that these campaigns are going to be dog fights with a lot of people having no idea who any of them are.

We can make a difference.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Judges Primary

Top two vote-getters from each primary move on to the General Election. So Ruth and Ervin (both Democrats) will be on the November ballot and Tyson is out.

Please don't

There are better Dems to put out against Burr than Richard Moore.

Not sure

I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. He entered the race down in name recognition against Perdue ... and his campaign manager no doubt convinced him that the only path to victory was to raise doubts about her record. That's a standard approach, but it was poorly executed. The campaign attacked Perdue on her pro-choice credentials, which was a dumb thing to do. It backfired because it was patently false and thereafter, any attacks were suspect.

What I don't know is whether Moore himself chose this direction or whether he took the advice of the person he hired to manage his campaign. Either way he's responsible, no question about that, but that doesn't mean he's damnable.

As I've said on many occasions, he's a smart guy and a good manager. I like to think he just good some bad advice ... and once the downward spiral started, there was really no way to bail.

I'll bet he learned a helluva lot that would be valuable in any future campaign efforts he might pursue.

All that said, I don't like negative politics either. In fact, I'm sick to death of it, especially in primary races. But I'm willing to get over it if someone can learn from their mistakes.

Very True

I think what we are also seeing is the growing difference between what it might take to win office versus what it takes to govern. Given that negative stuff tends to work, many of us voters should be real concerned about how well a person can turn it off and on, especially if they win.

The other outcome of the type of campaigns we saw this round is that those who might be good in office just opt out of the entire process. Those who decide to play just might not be the best ones to lead us, if elected.

We need to think hard about the 3Ms ---money, media, and meanness, and how all three combine now to dominate our process. What will be the role of the Internet as we move forward is also a critical question. I think we are just awakening to its power.

How do we the voters take back the process when candidates see us eating up what they do?

fhblack

voter funded elections

How do we the voters take back the process when candidates see us eating up what they do?

We literally take it back from them. I don't know what it takes to put publicly-financed campaigns on the ballot, but it should be something on every progressive's - heck - on every Democrat's radar right now.

We saw from the US Senate nomination fight how money affects the race. I think the results might have looked quite different had the playing field been leveled and Jim Neal and Marcus Williams had the same opportunity to reach voters as Kay Hagan did.

It doesn't matter to those campaigns now - but it will matter again in 2 years.

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

Not impressed by Moore in Robeson

I listened and watched Moore at a dem rally in Robeson County. I was no impressed with the way he handled the crowd. He talked about minimum wage in NC which is good but followed up with Wall Street brag about knowing the China market. Perdue spoke about bringing jobs that paid a descent wage. He has a lot to learn and running for US Senate is no PS 100 it is a graduate course.

If you don't like negative poltiics....

Then why make a statement basically singling out "typical libertarians" as "wackos... on a Kool Aid binge?"

good point.

Paige, I confess to not getting the libertarian mindset.

I often wonder about that - the neurological makeup (not talking about brain damage or disease) of the various political types and why we see things so differently. That would be an interesting study.

At any rate, name-calling is out of line.

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

How Psychology Informs Politics

Linda,

You might be interested in the work of Bob Altemeyer.

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relocating from Indianapolis, IN to RTP, NC soon; got any advice for me?

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Garner, NC

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