So much for patriotism

Back in 2009, I walked into my house and noticed a shadow moving through my living room and saw broken glass strewn across the floor. I knew immediately that someone had broken into my house and that he was still there. I slowly backed out of the house. When I got...
A sad little man

A sad little man

I suspect that at some point, Thom Tillis had a modicum of self-respect. I also suspect that those days are long forgotten. Today, he debases himself regularly trying to stay in the good graces of the con man in the White House.  This weekend, he tweeted, “Eric...

The most impressive campaign

The most impressive campaign

In a post I wrote last week, I said that I didn’t think Pete Buttigieg could win North Carolina because the state isn’t ready to elect a gay man president. I should have said more. I don’t believe Buttigieg can win North Carolina and I don’t believe he will be the...

What to watch in 2020

What to watch in 2020

Ever since 2016 at least, politics seems to pervade daily life more than ever before. Tweets and articles and updates on the news are inescapable. Unless you dedicate yourself to the task, it’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing the current president or one...

2020 predictions

2020 predictions

With the beginning of a new decade as well as a new year, I’ll venture into a few predictions. After the election of Donald Trump, I no longer have a lot of confidence in my ability to predict the electorate. That said, here goes. First, for the next decade. I predict...

Political stars of 2019

Political stars of 2019

In North Carolina, the political stars of 2019 were the Democrats in the North Carolina House and Senate. They showed that they’ve learned how to be a minority party. They upheld the Governor’s veto time and again without losing the news narrative. In the process,...

The civil wars within the parties

The civil wars within the parties

As the country goes through another political realignment, the two parties are engaged in civil wars that could reshape them both. On the Republican side, the war seems to be over. Trump and the populists won. On the Democratic side, the battle is still raging. This...

Putting larger values before smaller victories

Putting larger values before smaller victories

Yesterday, Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by North Carolinian Billy Graham, came out in support of Donald Trump’s removal from office, calling his behavior “profoundly immoral.” Editor-in-chief Mark Galli sharply criticized Democrats for the...

Meadows won’t run again

Meadows won’t run again

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach the president. This morning, we awoke to find that US Representative Mark Meadows, one of Donald Trump’s chief defenders, is not seeking re-election. Meadows was once chair of the Freedom Caucus, a group of...

Supply slide economics

Supply slide economics

Back in 1980, Jimmy Carter oversaw an economy crippled by stagflation. Unemployment was high and so was inflation. The loss of the Vietnam War was still stinging the national psyche when a group of Iranian students invaded the US Embassy in Tehran and took Americans...

A tale of two impeachments

A tale of two impeachments

This week, the US House of Representatives will almost certainly vote to impeach the president. Almost 21 years ago to the day, the House voted to impeach then-President Bill Clinton. The News & Observer has a good article that compares the two cases.  Back in the...

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