D.G. Martin is a pretty wise guy and folks will generally be better off if they listen to what he has to say. That's particularly true of his column this week.
It's about how in both 1972 and 1984, the two times in modern history when Republican Governors were elected to their first terms, Democrats were hurt by extremely negative primaries on their side.
Now certainly the biggest factors causing Democratic losses in those years were George McGovern and Walter Mondale. But primaries that leave whoever emerges with significant negatives right off the bat are never a good thing.
It would be nice if Bev Perdue and Richard Moore could find a way to run successful campaigns without dragging each other so far down. I'm not saying no negativity but the current level is ridiculous.
We're polling general election matchups for Governor again this week and my guess is that Pat McCrory will be leading both Moore and Perdue. The general is a ways off but I still think it's time for the Democratic candidates to look at the big picture and how the way they're doing things could turn the office over to a Republican.
Check out Martin's column here.