posted on June 14, 2006 10:54
Republicans just held their bi-annual State Convention. I spoke to a friend who attended. He has been active in politics for years and he’s pretty glum about Republican chances in the election this fall. He’s looking at the national trends and remembering 1994, 1982, and 1974 when one party (Republicans in ’94 and Democrats in ’82 and ’74) swept the elections.
He shared his concern with a Party leader who said he was wrong, dead wrong, that there isn’t any question Republicans will gain seats in the Legislature this fall the only question is how many.
Maybe the ‘pay to play’ scandals are going to sweep Republicans into office in across the state November. But national trends are almost always more powerful – and have more impact on voters – than state trends. And right now Republican pollsters, nationally, are pretty nervous. They’re watching a tsunami building and they’re worried about it.
Of course, one of the intriguing facts about politics is trends can change in a heartbeat. But if a tsunami is heading Republicans’ way the solution is not to ignore it. If Republican candidates here in North Carolina are going to rise above the national trend they need to hold the Democrats accountable for the ‘pay to play’ scandals. But, so far it is the newspapers who are doing that not Republican legislators.
The House Democrats passed their version of ‘Reform’ to clean up the scandals. The Senate Democrats have said what they think is wrong with it. Now the House and Senate Republicans need to make their voices heard. The Republicans need to take the lead in this debate.
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