Ode to October

On this last day of September, I have a lot of thoughts as the midterm heads into its final weeks. Here in North Carolina, the Senate race should be getting far more attention than it is. Nationally, after Democrats won the summer, Republicans’ fortunes improve...
A country under threat and a media out to lunch

A country under threat and a media out to lunch

I watched Joe Biden’s speech twice last night. Not because I was so moved by the address, but because fixing dinner interrupted me in the middle of it. I thought it was good speech—and appropriate. I also thought it would be controversial because Biden told the truth...

Affirmative action for Republicans

Affirmative action for Republicans

Yesterday, the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal wrote a piece bemoaning the lack of Republican professors at UNC-Chapel Hill. Of course, the implication is that conservatives don’t have voices on college campuses. The other implication is that universities...

Since Nixon: The party of personal deniability

Since Nixon: The party of personal deniability

Yesterday, conservative pundit Matt K. Lewis asked in an article, “When did the GOP become the party of jerks?” Conservatives on Twitter almost universally replied that the behavior started because Democrats were so mean to Mitt Romney in 2012. Their response is...

New York, New York

New York, New York

In another bad sign for Republicans, Democrats won a special election in a district in New York that’s considered a bellwether. Democrat Pat Ryan defeated Republican Marc Molinaro in a district that has tracked presidential results, with Biden winning it by two points...

Return of retail politics

Return of retail politics

Last week, we heard a lot about Cheri Beasley’s “go everywhere” strategy. The U.S. Senate candidate is traveling to counties across the state, talking to voters, and trying to build momentum for her campaign in a state that has only elected on Democrat to the U.S....

The line from Helms to Trump

The line from Helms to Trump

Last night, Liz Cheney lost her primary to Trump-backed Republican Harriet Hageman. Hageman is typical of a lot of Republicans. She supported Cheney for years and, according the Washington Post, she “opposed Trump, calling him ‘racist and xenophobic’” in 2016. Now,...

Is Beasley up?

Is Beasley up?

A new poll is out with more good news for Democrats. The Blueprint Strategies poll shows Cheri Beasley leading Ted Budd by four points, 46-42. It’s only one poll but it’s the first public poll since Democrats’ legislative successes and the overturning of Roe v....

Pardon Trump

Pardon Trump

The raid on Mar-a-lago could not have come at a worse time for Democrats. While a lot of them are giddy about the prospect of prosecuting Trump, Republicans are now fired up to protect their leader, likely offsetting any advantage Roe v Wade may have given...

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