North Carolina votes for change
RALEIGH — For all the time, energy, and money spent on federal campaigns over the past two years, American voters decided not to make any significant changes. They reelected President Barack Obama, albeit with many fewer votes than in 2008. They kept Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and Republicans in control of the U.S. House.
Essentially, after watching the fractious political debate about debt, taxes, health care, and economic policy over the past two years, voters pushed the replay button. Whether they will like the national show better the second time is unclear.
But here in North Carolina, the electoral outcome is completely different. The state’s Republican Party has just delivered its best performance in modern history. For the first time since 1988, voters have elected a ...