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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:32 PM

23. Very long story.

First, it's still correct that there is a lot of learned research going on in the state. There are pockets of deep blue in North Carolina, including the university towns around the Research Triangle Park and Asheville.

Several factors came together to create this mess. First, many of the old-time rural Democrats in North Carolina have social views that are more in line with the Tea Party. The "southern strategy" has been making inroads for a long time. In the 1980s the churches got coopted by the Republican Party. It is not easy to convince people to vote Democratic when their pastors tell them every Sunday and Wednesday night that they will go to hell if they don't vote Republican.

Outside the universities and research industries, the economy of North Carolina was badly hurt by the outsourcing of labor overseas. Tobacco of course is no longer a major cash crop and the cigarette industry is gone. Cotton is gone. Furniture making is gone overseas. And even within the research industry, many jobs are gone. Telecommunications gone - virtually all outsourced overseas. Small manufacturing all over the state gone. People are looking for somebody to blame, and Koch Brothers money is there with advertising telling them that this is all the fault of Socialist Obama and the Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Democrats who held power within North Carolina for so long became complacent and corrupt. Not all of them, but the heavily-funded Republicans were there to uncover scandal after scandal involving Democratic governors and other leaders. People got fed up. They thought that the Republicans offered a better way.

Now I fear that the Tea Partiers who have seized control will defund our strengths. The jewel in North Carolina's crown has always been the state university system.

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