Lessons for the NC GOP

When Senator Phil Berger became Senate President Pro-Tem of the North Carolina Senate, he clearly followed the model established by his Democratic predecessor, Marc Basnight. Berger runs an organized caucus that rarely airs its laundry in public. If there are power...
In defense of Marjorie Taylor Greene (Well, Kind of)

In defense of Marjorie Taylor Greene (Well, Kind of)

Ok, here’s my unpopular opinion. Marjorie Taylor Greene should not have been stripped of her committee assignments. Sure, what she said is repugnant and she should be ostracized and ridiculed. However, the people of her district elected her and they should be the ones...

They aren’t who they say they are?

They aren’t who they say they are?

When I was a kid growing up, my mother taught us that prejudice, as we called racism, was intolerable. She once stopped using a babysitter who used the n-word while caring for us. She would not let my brother go home from school with one of his classmates because the...

Biden’s obligation is to America, not Republicans

Biden’s obligation is to America, not Republicans

As Democrats push to pass their agenda, Republicans are whining that Joe Biden promised bi-partisanship and they aren’t getting a say. Cry me a river. The GOP has used whatever means necessary to either unilaterally block Democrats or ram through their agenda for the...

The coalition of White nationalists and cynics

The coalition of White nationalists and cynics

Yesterday, Republican pollster Whit Ayers said on PBS, "Whether the GOP retains its uneasy alliance between the governing faction and the populist faction depends on some things that we don't know about yet." Let’s be clear. The “populist faction” of the GOP...

The gravitas to win

The gravitas to win

Yesterday, I panned Jeff Jackson’s announcement that he’s running for US Senate and got a lot of blow back from his supporters. Maybe I was harsh, but I want Democrats to win the Senate seat and I do not believe Jackson or Erica Smith has what it takes. The leap from...

Misreading the room

Misreading the room

State Senator Jeff Jackson is announcing today that he’s running for U.S. Senate. He clearly can’t read a room and has a lousy sense of timing. He’s jumping into the primary when the energy in the Democratic Party is with women and African Americans and an African...

About unity

About unity

Joe Biden’s theme is unity. He wants a country that is less divided and rancorous and he’s pledged to return to normalcy. His first few days in office were refreshingly boring. An ABC/Ipsos poll released yesterday shows that Americans believe he can bring the country...

First Amendment obligations

First Amendment obligations

Over at the Carolina Journal, opinion editor Ray Nothstine defends a Lee County school board member’s right to protest. The school board voted to open an investigation into Sherry-Lynn Womack’s participation in the rally at The Ellipse prior to the attack on the...

It’s a new day

It’s a new day

It’s over. The reality show presidency has been cancelled. Trump is leaving as a sore loser, never admitting defeat or wishing the incoming president well. He’s on his way to Florida where he will live out his days railing against his enemies, fending off lawsuits,...

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