Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Do "Cut-and-Run" Republicans Have a Clue?

Yesterday the full North Carolina Senate tore to shreds the lease that had already been negotiated, drafted, and signed for the City of Raleigh to take control of the former Dorothea Dix insane asylum site for a public park. The Senate Republicans carried that vote without the help of two Republican senators from Wake County who "cut and ran" from their party's position: Senators Chad Barefoot and Neal Hunt.

Gary Pearce wrote some wise analysis of those renegades this morning:
Barefoot and Hunt might look safe politically. They have good districts. They have a big money advantage. 
But, to keep winning, they have to win moderate Independents. The kind of voters who don’t like partisanship. The kind of voters who might see the legislature as a bunch of rural Tea Party extremists who hate cities in general and Raleigh in particular. The kind of voters who see Republicans nationally as a gang of vengeful, angry old white men. 
Barefoot and Hunt have to worry that a future opponent might figure out that there are a lot of well-heeled people in Raleigh who are mad enough to give big money to a Democrat – or to a super-PAC helping Democrats. 
They also have to worry that, in 2014, President Obama’s OFA might pump a lot of money into North Carolina. Or that, in 2016, Hillary Clinton might set off a Democratic tidal wave among moderate Independent women in their districts. 
Hunt and Barefoot have no control over a lot of that. They could control how they voted. So they voted with Raleigh and against their fellow Republicans.

1 comment:

brotherdoc said...

Barefoot is an App grad, frat rat turned Bible thumper/Baptist seminary student, whose mother in law is a big social conservative/anti-abortion type, and he has been taken under the wing of Phil Berger and Paul Stam. Chad is young and impressionable, and rather lazy--whoever is doing his homework for him may very well be thinking ahead as this piece indicates, or it could just be that Chad has no financial stake (yet) in whatever gang of developers have their eye on Dix.