Hasan Harnett shook the roof when he won the #NCGOP Chair – much in the way Randy Voller did in 2013 with the #NCDP.
I’m already hearing rumors of the GOP establishment sharpening their long knives in much the same way Voller was treated by the Democratic Party establishment.
Is this two sides to the same coin? Both Harnett and Voller had great campaign managers to be sure -Daniel Rufty ran a great campaign for Harnett as Casey Mann did for Voller . But, it goes deeper than strategy. On Hasan Harnett’s Facebook page – one of his friends tells the story of why he won. And, it’s so simple it’s embarrassing.
Harnett didn’t go rogue – he went grassroots. Imagine the Democrats waking up last Sunday morning to the realization that they don’t have the market cornered on grassroots.
Maybe Hasan and Randy Voller should talk. Voller could probably give Harnett some pointers on how to dodge those establishment knives.
It would be interesting to see the #NCGOP pick up the grassroots theme and not be afraid to use it. The #NCDP talks about grassroots but fought Voller tooth and nail to keep it from taking shape.
As a Democrat – I don’t take any pleasure in saying this – but it’s true. I’m long past the notion that a bad Democrat is better than a good Republican. I’ve come to realize that we have good and bad in both party systems – in North Carolina and elsewhere.
It saddened me to watch the Democratic establishment orchestrate a systematic media attack on Voller – almost setting the stage for failure. And, it was all about money, power and influence: still is for that matter.
Maybe that’s why I gravitated toward Bev Perdue as much as I did – remembering when one big donor called her up and cussed her out over something she basically had no control over. But, I digress. . . .
I wish Hasan luck and hope the NCGOP establishment puts the knives away. In many ways, we’re all in the same boat as both political parties seem intent on doing the same thing for the wrong reasons.
I hope Hasan Harnett can change some of that.