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  •  Thanks. NC had an effective Dem coalition (27+ / 0-)

    but Obama's election brought every racist Republican to the polls in 2010. Redistricting in 2010 led to the results in 2012, not the Dem Convention. The 2012 election was effectively rigged by extreme Repub gerrymandering.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 03:01:45 PM PDT

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    •  There is no doubt that Obama's election brought (7+ / 0-)

      the racists; there is no doubt that gerrymandering has made efforts to win back the statehouse difficult. There is also no doubt the referendum on same-sex marriage in the form of a constitutional amendment to ban it brought every bigot out of the closet and revved them up. But...when Walter Dalton, a good if not particularly charismatic man, was running against McCrory the national Democratic Party did not throw its weight behind him. What I was told by Durham Democratic operatives (I am a precinct chair) was they didn't send the kind of money he needed to win. Perhaps that was because of the sexual harassment scandal going on within the state Party that dragged on through the summer with seemingly endless battles among the State Executive Committee members. Calls for Chairman David Parker's resignation went unheeded while the newspapers salivated over the conflict and the Party at the state level fell into squabbling and distrust. It lent credence to McCrory's attacks involving other Democratic scandals including one involving Bev Perdue's staff members. So in truth the Democrats were plenty responsible for the election of McCrory.

      Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

      by Marihilda on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:59:08 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you for a more thoughtful reply than (3+ / 0-)

        mine. Certainly the democratic party in NC holds responsibility for what has happened. The scandals, the lack of leadership and lack of courage all gave McCroy a platform that his own politics didn't. Or ar least a more popular one. And the scandals, etc. kept the media from even asking McCrory any hard questions. I don't believe that the National Democratic convention had anything to do with what happened in NC.  I do think the Amendment One vote hurt at least by timing.  I've also worked locally in NC during the last elections and I do believe Dalton didn't get the support he needed.  Democrats in NC have to take responsibility for letting McCrory run as a moderate when he was nothing but a creature of Art Pope. I also know there were some complaints about OFA not coordinating with or supporting local and state races sufficiently. I know they did not coordinate with us locally very much. I realize their focus was on the national race.  It was a combination of bad politicking by Dems and taking advantage of them by the GOP.  Though I stand by my statement that it was not the fault of the convention or the National party to have it here.

        "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

        by stellaluna on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 08:07:25 AM PDT

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        •  I agree it was not the fault of the convention. (2+ / 0-)
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          I just wanted to say that the Democratic Party here seemed almost hell-bent on self-destruction. Your points are very well taken and bad politicking it definitely was!

          There are many things that happen here within the Party that are self-defeating. I have to say that I was incredulous at David Parker's behavior. Absolutely incredulous and the battles went on and on and on keeping the salacious mess in the public eye.

          Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

          by Marihilda on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:04:05 PM PDT

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