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.