The remarkable showing of Democratic Party candidates in local and Buncombe County elections, in stark contrast to state and national contests, was surely due in part to greater-than-average voter turnout, but equally important is that local Republicans, led by the likes of Tim Moffitt and Lisa Baldwin, overplayed their hand, their arrogance and posturing turning off many in their own base and poisoning the well for other candidates.
This was signaled by many declared Republicans during pre-election canvassing and phone-banking. Buncombe County thus may well be a bellweather, one election ahead of a future trend back to responsible government.
In this case, perhaps, the worse it gets the better it gets. So, let the madness continue! The tea party may in the end be our salvation.