Don’t look now, but the political winds seem to be shifting back toward reason and common sense and away from the anti-government and anti-progress hysteria of the tea partiers and the slash and burn right-wing groups that support them.
This week’s Wake School Board races are the most obvious example, where voters threw out the right-wing incumbent Chairman Ron Margiotta just two years after the Republican re-segregationist Gang of Five took over the board and began to dismantle one of the most successful urban school districts in the country.
Control of the board now comes down to a runoff election in one district but the message of election night was clear, and most telling in Margiotta’s race. He was defeated in a Republican district that he and the current Republican majority drew to maintain their control.
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