We are now exactly EIGHT MONTHS from election day. And while it's tempting to stand by and watch the wingers self-destruct, we can't count on their incompetence being noticed by North Carolina voters. We cannot count on our fellow citizens to acknowledge Charles Taylor's ethical shortcomings. We cannot count on Virgina Foxx's constituents to recognize that she screws them over with every vote she makes. We cannot count on the Queen City to see Sue Myrick as a tool Bush is using to destroy America's reputation abroad. The only thing we can count on is our own resolve. We must draw clear distinctions between our candidates and the gravediggers of the Republican right.
I hope you're thinking about your own personal plan for changing the world over the next 8 months. I hope you're sharpening your knives and your rhetorical skills. I hope you're reaching into your checkbook to donate to progressive candidates. And I hope you're well rested. We have a helluva fight on our hands . . . and we know Republicans will stop at nothing to preserve their power. And I do mean nothing.
Democrats I know who are running for office have three driving characteristics I find inspiring: Integrity, competence, and a commitment to the common good. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.