By: “The Unreconstructed Southerner”
I didn’t stay up past 12 on election night for the simple reason that when I saw that the last counties that were due to report in were Warren (Black Belt county) and Buncombe (Sodom in Appalaichia), I knew that my proud home state was going to go for the affirmative action candidate. I was somewhat surprised at Bev Perdue’s victory, but in hindsight McCrory let it happen. Perdue’s swing to the right on immigration brought home the Eastern part of the state, which put her over the top with the massive black turnout. The fact that Obama was able to flip Cumberland, Wake, Forsyth, and other urban/suburban counties was somewhat depressing but not surprising given the surge in black turnout throughout the state.
I am not surprised at the demise of Libby Dole and Robin Hayes. Both sold out North Carolina when it came to CAFTA and free trade and the people remembered it. In addition Libby Dole didn’t become very active in the Senate until 2006 when overseeing the disasterous Republican Senate campaign that year. While Kay Hagan has all of the warning flags that scream she’s a partisan liberal, she simply took advantage of the fact that Dole was percieved as a do-nothing carpetbagger and it stuck.
I am not depressed however for several reasons. While the Democrats won most of the statewide races, they did not replicate their success in the General Assembly. The Republicans actually picked up a State Senate seat and made a close fight of several others Down East. In addition, Republican turnout was down while Democratic turnout surged. When we have a candidate worth voting for, I am confident that this state will deliver for a conservative who stands up for our jobs, our liberty, and our values.
The economic crisis is now Obama’s and Perdue’s baby. This recession will be significant and we all know that Obama’s socialism will not bring a good end to the crisis. If the economy doesn’t recover in the next 2 and a half years then Obama is in deep trouble and we can redeem our state in 2012. For now we must stick with combatting the illegal alien precense in our state, reelect good men like Sheriff’s Harrison in Wake and Bizzell in Johnston, and pick off some Democrats in the legislature in 2010 to set the stage for sending Barack Obama back to the South Side where he belongs. Please pray for our state, the South, and America as we seek to navigate the dark stormy seas in which we now find ourselves.
Filed under: Election 2008