MSNBC is raising the stakes:
GOP Sen. Richard Burr, who, if he wins re-election in 2010, could end up becoming a rising national star, is taking the lead for the Senate GOP on the issue of health care.
Washington types felt the same way about Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. If he'd won the governor's mansion last year in spite of the Obama blue wave, he would be in the spotlight right now as the new face of the GOP.
On a somewhat related note, Reynolds High is inducting Burr into its sports hall of fame.
A standout high school football player who played in the 1973 Shrine Bowl, Burr went on to play defensive back at Wake Forest University.