Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don't You Love the Smell of Republican Panic in the Morning?

It's becoming clear that the real reason that Art Pope resigned as state budget director is that his Republican troops in the General Assembly, so expensively elected in 2010 to take North Carolina down the smelly rabbit hole we're now buried in, are about to get some comeuppance from the voting public. Pope is the grand strategist Daddy Warbucks of the Right-Wing Takeover, and apparently the knuckleheads need him now more than ever. He quit state government in order to save it, at least his twisted version of it.

Thomas Mills details the approaching tsunami through recent polling of individual races for General Assembly seats, where Republican incumbents -- even in gerrymandered districts thought to be safe for Republicans -- are experiencing dissatisfaction and underwater polling numbers. Mills says that their "fix" for their own dismal lack of popularity is to begin early the usual deluge of negative mail, mainly saying Obamacare as often as possible and trying to tie their Democratic challengers to the Washington of Barack.

Ain't working. Their "favorability" rankings are actually worse than Obama's in state polling.

We've braced ourselves to see the nastiness that incumbent Republican House member Jonathan Jordan has in store for challenger Sue Counts. Mills doesn't mention how Jordan is polling, but we happen to know that it ain't good news for him.

1 comment:

Henery said...


Obamacare Losing Punch as Campaign Weapon in Ad Battles (Bloomberg News) -- Republicans seeking to unseat the U.S. Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top issue ads citing Obamacare, a sign that the party’s favorite attack against Democrats is losing its punch. The shift -- also taking place in competitive states such as Arkansas and Louisiana -- shows Republicans are easing off their strategy of criticizing Democrats over the Affordable Care Act now that many Americans are benefiting from the law and the measure is unlikely to be repealed. “The Republican Party is realizing you can’t really hang your hat on it,” said Andrew Taylor, a political science professor at N.C. State University. “It just isn’t the kind of issue it was.”