You can find insight in the most random of places sometimes.
Yesterday, I picked up the BILTMORE BEACON - which is just barely a newspaper. I am sure the print run is incredibly low, as the area it is aimed to serve is quite limited and specific. Typically, I don't even pick it up, but yesterday, I saw it and thought to myself: "I wonder if there's anything worth a damn in it."
I took notice of the Editorial columns page, and a title stood out to me. It read: "POLITICAL POWER GRABS IN 1875 AND 2013." I was intrigued, though I expected the paper's lean to be a bit more the right wing. However, the title implied that the power change in NC in 2013 was not being viewed as a good thing. Which is what I would expect them to be presenting.
So, I picked it up and read it. And I was quite surprised to see the author being critical of the GOP power grab. In fact, he exposes, in his column, some pretty startling tidbits, including a GOP friend telling him he should switch party affiliation in order to joing the Republicans and by doing so, add sanity to the party. When the author posed the thought that perhaps his friend, and other angry Republicans who think their party has gone too far to the right, should, instead come over the Dems, his friend replied that he might consider doing so in another 10 or 15 years, however, in the here and now, the GOP were hellbent on good old fashioned revenge against the Dems in NC after over 100 years of their control.
Sadly, it all boils down to pety playground grudges, folks. Sad, but true.