An Episode of Friends

Who won? Nobody! Who lost? Nobody! That shouldn’t be surprising. Debates are often about who loses, not who wins. Without a major gaffe — and there wasn’t one — no one really ...
Politics & Policy

Tenth Avenue Sell-Out?

The media buildup for the new Bruce Springsteen album, Working on a Dream, picks up where his previous album left off: anger with the Bush administration. Springsteen has called “What ...
Politics & Policy

Not-So-Straight Ticket

With North Carolina coming down to the wire, an obscure voting statute is coming into play. In the Tar Heel state, a straight-ticket vote does not include the presidential or ...
Politics & Policy

McCain Needs Hillary

North Carolina was not supposed to be part of the discussion. Once the Democratic primary was over, the state that had not voted for a Democratic president since 1976 — and ...
Politics & Policy

Why Not Washington?

Following the national political conventions, talk in Washington (or connecting airports) has been unanimous: Democrats and Republicans are united in their displeasure over the convention sites. Much of the talk, ...
Politics & Policy

Never Give Up

There is no taking away the historic nature of Sen. Barack Obama’s clinching the Democratic nomination. Obama’s victory is a good thing — and not just because he defeated the ...
Politics & Policy

The Clinton Factor?

Senator Hillary Clinton should have no chance to win the North Carolina primary. Nearly 40 percent of North Carolina primary voters are blacks, who, in the past, have rejected “electability” ...
Politics & Policy

Hillary’s Tar Heel Hopes

The 2008 presidential election has defied conventional wisdom. Few predicted John McCain’s Lazarus-like recovery. And certainly, most political observers — and the campaigns themselves — believed the race for the ...