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As Carter said on a radio interview we did a couple of weeks ago, Tip O’Neill’s axiom – “all politics is local” – is dead.
 
Democrats vote Democratic – up and down the line. Republicans vote Republican. And Independents rarely split their tickets any more.
 
The dramatic turnover in the North Carolina legislature had nothing to do with North Carolina. Democrats here were collateral damage from the bunker buster that hit the White House.
 
The only survivors – not just here, but across the South – were the three Democratic congressmen who did the most to decouple themselves from Obama and Pelosi: Shuler, McIntyre and Kissell. Bob Etheridge, who apparently lost, voted for health care reform – and didn’t apologize for it.
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dnb
# dnb
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 5:25 PM
What amazes me the most, is that Etheridge voted for health care and was in a conservative district, however the DCCC didn't spend money in his district putting up ads, while Shuler, McIntyre, and Kissell all received help and voted against most of the big bills the Dems in the House passed. DCCC could have kept a seat if they put money in NC 02 running some ads. The DCCC failed Congressman Etheridge.

The next race we need to look at is the sales of your books against the sales of Decision Points.
Carbine
# Carbine
Thursday, November 04, 2010 2:33 PM
I was also surprised at how much money the DCCC poured into Kissell's race, after he had stiffed the leadership on health care and a few other things. I think perhaps they realized that Harold Johnson, for all his name recognition, was a pathetically weak candidate for the general election. Republicans really shot themselves in the foot when they picked him.

I can't see Kissell or Shuler either one holding the seat in 2012 though, once the Republican legislature gets through with redistricting. Democrats owe at least two and probably three of their congressional seats in this state to gerrymandering, and unless 2012 turns out to be a Democrat wave year, that will come to an end.

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