…With Bev Perdue, the unpopular governor of North Carolina. Why, President Obama picked V. P. Biden because he complimented the ticket in areas where then Senator Obama lacked. Now President Obama lacks in another area. The left no longer has a crush on Obama. He needs someone who is strong and principled to signal to the base that he intends to fight in his next term, but not so far on the left that it dooms the ticket to look like a new version of the Marx brothers–Karl and his unknown evil sibling. Governor Bev Perdue is pretty bad from my perspective, but she is a strong leader. She is the thin blue line of liberalism holding back conservative government in North Carolina with veto after veto. The Senate is veto proof, but the House has a 4 Democrat padding in the minority that could hold her vetoes. She set a record with 10 vetoes this session. She is a social liberal big time, a spend thrift, but campaigned pro-business. She would instantly rally the base but not frighten Wall Street liberals. She has bona fide stature fighting Republicans on the budget even though she was over ridden that President Obama lacks. She has vetoed malpractice and tort reform. She has vetoed pro-life legislation, which would give important information to women so they can make an informed choice. That veto was just over ridden as both chambers were able to get the one vote they were short in the original passage to go veto proof. She vetoed regulatory reform to make business easier and people’s lives less complicated. She is the Maginot Line for the hopes and dreams of the hard left. President Obama needs to regain his standing with women to have any hope of reelection. He needs to rally the progressives. He needs to keep in line big Wall Street donors. Bev Perdue does all of that and keeps NC a swing state instead of a red state. NC is becoming increasingly important for the President to keep with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania slipping away. The math becomes very difficult to win without taking Republican states like Virginia and North Carolina in the upper south. He can’t go for his buddy Governor Kaine because he talked him into running for the Senate. As an aside, Republicans could learn from the NC effort. Pass popular legislation and let the Democrats reject it. Her approval numbers have sank to 25% and now even her own party flipped on at least half of the vetoes. I figure that liberals are always giving us advice. I just returned the favor. The Democratic National Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina. Could we see a September surprise? If the President’s numbers are any where near what they are now, I say yes. My advice to my fellow Republicans is do not take this election for granted. President Obama has a path to victory even if the leader of the American Conservative Union does not think so or the RNC Chairman flat out guarantees winning Pennsylvania. It will be a fight, the traditional playbook will be tossed out, we should expect surprises. We have to think out of the box to prepare for them. This election is too important to get cocky over well over a year out.