To whatever extent Art Pope's mini-me version of the national conservative think-tank strategy has been successful -- and you don't need to be sailing the big blue Pequod to acknowledge that dude's got juice -- it seems that NC Democrats should be moving beyond the pearl-clutching and getting down to the business of creating the kind of data-driven ground-level organization that has proved a successful counterbalance to the GOP money machine at the national level.
But who is going to do it? The NCDP seems an unlikely candidate. And it seems like a tall order for an individual campaign, although a bunch of national money might do the trick in a Senate race, if both the campaign staff and national funders were on the job, early and in concert. After posting this I emailed a former Democratic official who actually used to win elections to ask what entity might take on the job.
The response: "Beats me."