That old warhorse Carter pulled off another one.
He’s had a history of guiding Republican Senate – and now congressional – candidates to unexpected victories: John East, Jesse Helms, Lauch Faircloth and, now, Renee Ellmers.
He’ll be the first to tell you that it was, first and foremost, the national tide.
But the Ellmers campaign succeeded where other challengers failed. Maybe because she’s a woman. Maybe because of Bob Etheridge’s health-care reform vote. Maybe because of Etheridge’s “who are you?” moment.
But Etheridge and his team ran a good campaign. I thought their ads were some of the best of the year.
So I give my blogging partner and old foe his due.