Skip to comments.Safe Seats and the Carolina Blues
Posted on 11/13/2008 5:43:24 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
The voting shift in this nation is largely about two dynamics: safe seats and the Carolina blues. To get a really good close-up glimpse of what demographic problems the Republican Party is facing in the national electorate, one has to look no further than the North Carolina Senate race lost by Elizabeth Dole.
The loss by Dole was not simply a result of the headwinds (self-inflicted as they were) that all GOP candidates faced in 2008, though that was a factor. The Dole loss was more than that. Dole lost a senate seat held by Republicans since 1972. Dole lost the "Jesse Helms" seat. Truth be told, she never filled it adequately, but at least she did win it in 2002 against Clintonite Erskine Bowles.
Consider: Counting the 30 plus 6 years that Helms and then Dole occupied that seat, and the multiple terms served by conservative Democrat B. Everett Jordan before that, this is a seat soon to be occupied by a liberal for the first time in modern American political history. The other N.C. seat has gone back and forth between the parties for the past four decades, but this is a loss of the Helms seat. This is seismic.
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Halfbacks and refugees from liberal morasses are the key to this. They are making deep inroads in GA as well.
They ruin where they lived before - Massachusetts, New York, etc - then move to Republican states and proceed to put the same kinds of people in office that will effect the same failed policies that the new voters relocated to get away from. It’s happening in Virginia too.
Liberals are human driver ants.
I think a lot of this can be laid on Liddy Dole, who had not lived in the state in over 40 years before running for this seat, and then failed to show up after getting elected.
Since she worked the same 140 some days as Obama, you would think that she could have made it “home” to North Carolina more than a total of 35 days over a span of two years in 2005-2006.
Let’s face it she was the Senator from the District of Columbia. Even Bob couldn’t vote for her in this election because he doesn’t get any further from the Capitol than their condo at the Watergate.
I hate to say but I think it is all over. I have never been so discouraged. With immigration changing the demographics, we just have to appeal to the independents and moderates. We need to present a new conservatism, I guess or just see it got to hell.We started losing these people in the mid â90âs when we became very Southern and Evangelical. We lost everyone who is secular and suburban and not small town.We lost everything North of the Ohio and East of the Missouri. I do not think we can continue doing that. Nor do I think we can say that we just weren’t small town or southern enough to win there. People here just seem to not be facing reality. The GOP lost because it was unresponsive to the majority of the people of this country including moderates, Independents AND small town conservatives.
No, I think we just need to start winning arguments, like the author said. Once the albatross of Bush and the rest of the big-government neo-cons is off our necks, it will be a lot easier.
I blame the incompetent NC Republican Party Leadership. They are more obsessed with maintaining their little empire and keeping conservatives out, than winning elections.
Why did Pat McCrory lose?
She was always to busy to come here to help our County Party raise money, but that didn’t stop her from requesting that we contribute the money we did raise to her reelection campaign.
Out of all the Republicans who lost, I think Dole is most deserving and can only blame herself. I am sorry to see the seat go Dem, but not sorry to see Dole out.
She was always to busy
to should be too
Just a guess:
1. Barack Obama was out-spending McCain in NC paying for 10 to 1 “volunteers” who campaigned for all democrats. It was a trickle-down.
2. Dole angered her base with the “Godless” attacks on Kay Hagen, which spilled over.
3. Perdue ran ads “hinting” McCrory was racist.
4. Perdue promised free [community] college to all: a suburban grab. Many parents I spoke to interpreted it to mean any UNC school would be free.
5. The rural vote in NC is traditionally Democrat. And Perdue capitalized on that by running ads saying McCrory would send money to Charlotte and take money away from eastern Carolina.
6. McCrory couldn’t energise the conservatives, either. Republicans put all their energy into GOTV, but were technilogically way behind the Dems. (Thank the NCGOP old guard leadership for that.)
7. Perdue scared everyone into believing McCrory would let NYC turn NC into a huge garbage dump.
8. The clincher: Perdue was a daughter of a coal miner.
BTW, how is Beverly Perdue any different than Sarah Palin? Yet the media did not crucify her....
Link to anti-MCCrory ads:
And that face would be?
I dont know that some one wiser than me will hVe to figure out
That would be a Dem. "employee." They were being paid.
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