For NC democrats, reversing political fortunes will require reversing fundraising trend
RALEIGH -- To borrow and amend a phrase from that famous Democrat James Carville, "It's the money, stupid."
OK, it's not just the money. It's the ideas and the policy and the district lines, too.
The money, though, is as key as anything to understanding why Democrats in North Carolina today are contemplating an election which saw them lose the governorship and saw Republican expand majorities in the legislature.
In the case of the state House, that majority grew from 68-52 to 77-43.
Most people would characterize that as Election Day stomping.
Not surprisingly, Republican leaders said the results were validation of their policy ideas; Democrats blamed new legislative district lines drawn by Republicans, lines that they contend are unconstitutional and are still fighting in court.