posted on September 21, 2012 09:14
Watching the Dalton and McCrory TV ads, you see the opening that Dalton could exploit if he has enough time and money.
McCrory’s ads are content-free. Apparently, he’s going to solve unemployment and $4 gas by drilling everywhere under our feet and off the coast. And he’s responsible for Charlotte’s success. How would he do in a public setting where he’s forced to defend both claims?
A Republican friend had a negative reaction to McCrory’s appearance in the ads: “He looks smug,” like a college frat’s rush chairman. Where McCrory is squinty-eyed and maybe city-slick, Dalton has a down-home openness and sincerity.
Dalton has some jobs ideas that, presented right, would be a strong positive message. And he could raise questions about McCrory’s tax plans just as Obama has with Romney.
Polls show Dalton can pick up votes with Democrats and Independents, and he could draw blood by tying McCrory to an unpopular Republican legislature.
With enough time and money, you can see Dalton’s path to victory. But time and money are the problems. Bottom line: Governor Perdue’s late decision put him in a hole.