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Erskine Bowles is a fairly unusual would-be Democratic nominee for Governor. At a point in life at which the typical politician would be thinking about winding down his or her career, Bowles has yet to actually ever win an election. According to his own description, he was a “terrible politician” during his most recent attempt at high state office. To make matters even more challenging, his background is mostly as a wealthy corporate boardroom type — hardly the typical resumé for a standard-bearer of the Democrats — a party whose base still tilts liberal/progressive. His most recent actions as a public servant — to propose enormous and painful cuts to federal spending — outraged many thoughtful progressives.

So, why then are so many North Carolina Democrats waiting and hoping that Bowles will throw his hat into the ring for the now wide-open Democratic nomination?

Here, it would appear anyway, are some of the main reasons: Read More