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It sounded like The New Martin Nesbitt after Democrats picked him for majority leader:
 
“I saw ’94 up close and personal. I saw how things can get out of control. There are very few things that I’m the most qualified for, but getting us through this election is one of them.”
 
Anxious Democrats remember 1994.
 
Nesbitt and then-Speaker Dan Blue were running the House. For weeks, they resisted Governor Hunt’s crime package. Too conservative, they maintained.
 
Hunt’s legislative team suspected the House Democratic powers had grown used to ignoring Republican Governor Jim Martin – and effectively running the state. They didn’t appreciate Hunt acting like the governor mattered.
 
The Republicans then took the House in 1994. Much of that – but not all – was the national tide.
 
Democrats hope things go better this time.

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4 comments on “A Painful Lesson

  1. -1 says:

    Gary:
    It seems a bit unrealistic to believe that the reason that Democrats lost the North Carolina House in 1994 was because of a lack of respect for Hunt. Our legislature has a grand tradition of snubbing the executive branch and keeping the chamber. Most dispassionate 3rd parties would suggest that the reason Democrats lost the chamber in 1994 had to do with bad (some might say non-existent polling) and a unified national message from Republicans that wasn’t fully appreciated until the last moment when it was too late to do anything about it. Thinking back to how bad the economy was in 1994 it’s hard to believe that a crime package seemed material to the destruction that was occurring in textiles and traditional manufacturing. As we approach the 2010 cycle these same observers might suggest that now would be an excellent time to run against an executive branch that has very little message discipline, volatile and sub-standard approval ratings, and very little ability to demonstrate that they have a vision for North Carolina. National Republicans have failed to provide an overarching vision for the country and remain stuck on a variety of personal narratives while local leaders mimic this behavior.

  2. -1 says:

    Gary:
    It seems a bit unrealistic to believe that the reason that Democrats lost the North Carolina House in 1994 was because of a lack of respect for Hunt. Our legislature has a grand tradition of snubbing the executive branch and keeping the chamber. Most dispassionate 3rd parties would suggest that the reason Democrats lost the chamber in 1994 had to do with bad (some might say non-existent polling) and a unified national message from Republicans that wasn’t fully appreciated until the last moment when it was too late to do anything about it. Thinking back to how bad the economy was in 1994 it’s hard to believe that a crime package seemed material to the destruction that was occurring in textiles and traditional manufacturing. As we approach the 2010 cycle these same observers might suggest that now would be an excellent time to run against an executive branch that has very little message discipline, volatile and sub-standard approval ratings, and very little ability to demonstrate that they have a vision for North Carolina. National Republicans have failed to provide an overarching vision for the country and remain stuck on a variety of personal narratives while local leaders mimic this behavior.

  3. -1 says:

    Gary:
    It seems a bit unrealistic to believe that the reason that Democrats lost the North Carolina House in 1994 was because of a lack of respect for Hunt. Our legislature has a grand tradition of snubbing the executive branch and keeping the chamber. Most dispassionate 3rd parties would suggest that the reason Democrats lost the chamber in 1994 had to do with bad (some might say non-existent polling) and a unified national message from Republicans that wasn’t fully appreciated until the last moment when it was too late to do anything about it. Thinking back to how bad the economy was in 1994 it’s hard to believe that a crime package seemed material to the destruction that was occurring in textiles and traditional manufacturing. As we approach the 2010 cycle these same observers might suggest that now would be an excellent time to run against an executive branch that has very little message discipline, volatile and sub-standard approval ratings, and very little ability to demonstrate that they have a vision for North Carolina. National Republicans have failed to provide an overarching vision for the country and remain stuck on a variety of personal narratives while local leaders mimic this behavior.

  4. -1 says:

    Gary:
    It seems a bit unrealistic to believe that the reason that Democrats lost the North Carolina House in 1994 was because of a lack of respect for Hunt. Our legislature has a grand tradition of snubbing the executive branch and keeping the chamber. Most dispassionate 3rd parties would suggest that the reason Democrats lost the chamber in 1994 had to do with bad (some might say non-existent polling) and a unified national message from Republicans that wasn’t fully appreciated until the last moment when it was too late to do anything about it. Thinking back to how bad the economy was in 1994 it’s hard to believe that a crime package seemed material to the destruction that was occurring in textiles and traditional manufacturing. As we approach the 2010 cycle these same observers might suggest that now would be an excellent time to run against an executive branch that has very little message discipline, volatile and sub-standard approval ratings, and very little ability to demonstrate that they have a vision for North Carolina. National Republicans have failed to provide an overarching vision for the country and remain stuck on a variety of personal narratives while local leaders mimic this behavior.

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