Tom Fetzer is a smart guy. Iâm thinking of endorsing him for state Republican Chair. Thatâs because he would be good, and I donât want a good GOP chair. I figure my endorsement would be the kiss of death.
Tom has a gimmick in his campaign: help put The News & Observer out of business. Thatâs a crowd-pleaser with the pachyderms in the GOP.
But Tom might feel different after reading Andy Curlissâ expose of ex-Governor Easleyâs ties to Rick Hendrick in Sundayâs paper. The stories give new meaning to Easleyâs reputation as a âNASCAR dad.â
It is unfathomable that Easley would have the bad judgment to get caught in this situation. He already had jeopardized his reputation before he left office. This has the potential to permanently taint him if he canât come up with a better explanation than he had Sunday.
What I really love about reading the N&O was captured by another front-page story. Because itâs sure to inflame the other side: the fundamentalist Republicans. It was about Bart Ehrman, the UNC prof who debunks what he says are myths about the Bible.
How fast do you think weâll see letters to the editor complaining and cancelling subscriptions?
This is why we want the N&O to go on, Tom. Like Forrest Gumpâs box of chocolates, you never know what youâll get. And you never know when youâll need a good political piñata.
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