RALEIGH – Election filing is over. Now the fun really begins, with what some around the state capital refer to as the silly season.
We can now look forward to stump speeches where candidates slip up and speak of visiting all 50 counties. We can enjoy mailboxes packed with fliers filled with grainy images making political opponents look as if they just emerged from an alley after beating a puppy. We can smirk as the TV news broadcasts are filled with 30- and 60-second interruptions that alternately make candidates look like George Washington and Osama bin Laden.
Before the merriment begins, the election filings themselves reveal a lot about the current state of politics in North Carolina.