GOP Congresspeople continue an anti-democracy tradition

Going back centuries, North Carolina has had a split personality regarding basic democratic principles. One side, embodied most vividly by the secessionists who followed other Southern states out of the union in protest against Abraham Lincoln's election, regarded...
Prone to radicalization

Prone to radicalization

The Electoral College declared Joe Biden the winner of this year’s presidential election. For rational people, it was no surprise. For too many Republicans, it was the continuation of a huge conspiracy to steal the election from the American people. They’ve never...

The new American exceptionalism

The new American exceptionalism

The Supreme Court delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump and his lawyers. In a unanimous decision, the court declined to hear the case that Trump thought would overturn the election. It wasn’t just a rejection of Trump; it was a message to the Republican...

I don’t want to watch

I don’t want to watch

Ever since the election, I’ve been building lawn chairs. Nothing fancy, just gluing and screwing together pieces of wood that I can cut with a circular saw and jigsaw. I knew within a day of the election that Joe Biden won and would be sworn-in on January 20. I also...

The COVID deniers

The COVID deniers

Watching conservatives in North Carolina go ballistic over COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates is depressing. Australia, a country of 25 million people, has eradicated the virus by taking it seriously. They locked down, masked up, and tested and traced until they...

Lessons learned and lessons confirmed

Lessons learned and lessons confirmed

I have worked on Congressional campaigns every election cycle since 1998. This year, I was part of the Pat Timmons-Goodson for Congress campaign, a race that ended up one of the top contests in the nation. Between my first Congressional race and this year, a lot has...

An early look at the 2022 GOP candidates

An early look at the 2022 GOP candidates

North Carolina Republicans seem to be feeling confident. The 2010's were all in all a fine decade for the GOP, particularly at the federal level, where they were almost dominant. That record of success, in addition to the availability of an open seat, will likely draw...

Walker is in

Walker is in

Mark Walker is officially in the race for U.S. Senate in 2022. That’s no big surprise. When Walker’s Congressional district got redrawn to favor a Democrat, he took a pass on running for re-election. People speculated at the time that he would seek the Senate seat...

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