There are Democrats, and then there are Democrats. Tom Cole, the Republican representing Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional district, is familiar with both flavors:
“Obama fares poorly in states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arkansas because he has nothing in common with them. They are rural, he is urban. They are populist, he is elitist. And in case anyone hadn’t noticed, they are conservative while he is liberal. That isn’t just true of Republicans in these states. It is true of Democrats as well.”
Which is not to say we have no one in Soonerland yearning for a bit more blueness, but consider this: Former Democratic state senator Andrew Rice, probably the only politician in this state’s history ever to name-check Antonio Gramsci in an interview, regularly got an A from the National Rifle Association. As did his opponent, most years. (Rice has since left the state, to allow his wife to do that career-advancement thing. Sounds vaguely bluish to me.) And with few exceptions, state Democrats are sterling folks who will endeavor not to embarrass themselves in office, something you’d never say about [lots of names can fit here].