To hear experts talk, the next presidential election will be decided in a few swing states. Democrats in red states must sit back, donate and watch. The only say many moderates have during the process is the primary elections.
President Obama will be the Democrat nominee but should Dems hedge our bets by voting in the GOP Primary for the most moderate Republican or the candidate we would like to see faceoff against the president.
When told to fall in line in 2008, Hillary Clinton’s supporters created the moniker PUMAs (Party Unity My Ass.) They felt it was her turn and that she was better prepared to be POTUS. Eventually, they got behind the Dem nominee and without them it would be President McCain and yes Vice President Palin.
In 2012, the passionate, committed conservatives won’t compile with party bosses so easily if their guy/gal doesn’t make the final cut. They talk a good game but must make a PUMA-like decision between selecting a nominee who is most like them (Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman) or selecting someone who can appeal to political moderates and independents (Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman.)
Did I mention that Red State Democrats have nothing but time on our mischievous hands?
Red State Democrats should consider these GOP Primary options:
Those Who Love Obama’s vibe: vote Huntsman.
Those Who Love An Economic/Jobs focus: vote Cain, Romney or Gingrich.
Those Who Want to See a Georgian In the Oval Office: vote Cain or Gingrich.
Those Who Want to See the GOP nominee be Just Like the Average Far Right Conservative and therefore Unappealing to the Political Center thus Improving Obama Chances: vote Cain or Perry.
Summary: Red State Democrats are consequential after all but can they be organized to make such crafty, cunning poll move. “Hell Naw” is the likely answer.