• 32°

Editorial: Maneuvering for 2008 vote

Few people can out-conservative Coy Privette, the Baptist preacher-turned-politician who’s leading the resistance against fellow Republican Bill Graham. A Salisbury attorney, Graham has been exploring a run for governor in 2008, and Privette’s offensive is the kind of reaction a candidate needs to draw out early on. How much of the crowd under the GOP’s “big tent” will support Graham’s campaign? Or is the tent in tatters?

Privette’s www.stopbillgraham Web site is just one sign the 2008 campaign is in “go” mode. To the politically wary, the discussion is about as welcome as Christmas carols in January — didn’t we just finish with that? But in other circles the politicking never ends, and this time the usual behind-the-scenes maneuvering of a new election cycle is moving to center stage.

The American electorate signaled a major shift in direction last month, and that brings new urgency to the election process. The political pendulum is swinging again. If Election 2006 was not a war-induced aberration, the country is moving away from the right. One wonders if the conservative label will be as important or definitive in 2008.

Robin Hayes also may be contemplating the conservative cause and his position in it in 2008. The Concord Republican’s re-election to the U.S. House was not sealed until last week, when a hand count convinced Democrat Larry Kissell to concede. Coming within 330 votes of a seat in Congress is like getting ditched at the door of the prom, ready for the spotlight but left in the dark, and Kissell has already started campaigning for 2008.

Hayes was nearly done in by the same thing that caused Earl Ruth to lose the 8th District seat in 1974 — loyalty to the president. In Ruth’s case, the president was Richard Nixon, and the vote was clear. Hayes has hung in with President Bush to the point of breaking a vow to oppose the Central American Free Trade Agreement, a transgression on par with Watergate to laid-off mill workers. Hayes held on, but he must wonder how to position himself better in 2008 — more conservative or less?

Rowan County has its share of elected representatives championing the Republican cause. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Salisbury native, headed the party’s oh-so-close effort to hold on to a Senate majority. State Sen. Andrew Brock wants to chair the state GOP, and state Rep. Fred Steen wants to lead Republicans in the state House. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to focus on the people of Rowan rather than the GOP. But Dole et al say buttressing the Republican cause is the best way to protect constituents’ interests.

For those who have causes to champion and issues to present, the current state of flux should offer a greater opportunity to be heard. All political assumptions are off, and campaign 2008 is on. That’s the beauty of democracy — the regular opportunity to shake up the status quo and assert a different point of view. True conservative or not, liberal or progressive, we all have the right to vote and set the country’s course.

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

School board talks competency-based learning, receives new offer on Faith Elementary

Business

Chamber of Commerce warns buyers about used tractor company with Cleveland address

Local

American Legion Post plans cocktail sip

Local

Harold B. Jarrett Post to host blood drive

Coronavirus

17 new COVID-19 cases, one new death reported

Education

School meals expect a smooth transition for students

Nation/World

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

Local

Lane, ramp closures scheduled for I-85 in Salisbury

Crime

Blotter: March 8

Ask Us

Ask Us: How can homebound seniors be vaccinated?

Local

Political Notebook: Interim health director to talk COVID-19 at county Democrats breakfast

Local

‘Their names liveth forevermore:’ Officials dedicate Fire Station No. 6 to fallen firefighters Monroe, Isler

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking into Salisbury High, getting juvenile to help

Nation/World

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month