The Democrats' North Carolina Nightmare
It's been a rough week for North Carolina Democrats.
First there was Tuesday's passage of the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Then, as a result, there were calls from gay rights activists to move the Democratic National Convention out of Charlotte. On Friday, Gov. Bev Perdue said her state looked like Mississippi as a result of the gay marriage vote -- and she didn't mean it as a compliment. All the while, the state's former senator, John Edwards, was on trial in Greensboro.
And just when it looked like things couldn't get messier, on Saturday came this news out of the party's State Executive Committee meeting in Greensboro: Chairman Dan Parker, who state elected officials and national Democrats had been pushing to step down to quell the furor surrounding a sexual harassment scandal at party headquarters, intends to remain in his post.