Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I'm just a border guy in Wyoming

I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, area code 82009. My house is located less than ten miles from the Colorado border. It might as well be a million miles.

In 2008, Wyoming voters went for John McCain over Barack Obama by a 65-33 percent margin. This was the lowest percentage of “blue” voters in any state, outdoing even neighboring Utah and Idaho (34 percent). In 2010, Republican Matt Mead was elected governor by a 3-to-1 margin. All five elected offices were swept by Republicans and the GOP-dominated Legislature upped its “R” margin to 76 out of 90 seats.

In Colorado in 2008, voters voted for Obama 53.5% to 45 percent for McCain. Five of Colorado's seven U.S. House seats went to Dems as did the open U.S. Senate seat. In the 2010 Tea Party tide, four of the seven House seats went to Repubs, including the seat in Larimer County that Betsy Markey won in 2008. Another Democratic Governor was elected in 2010.

Despite the set-backs in 2010, one never knows what will happen in Colorado, especially in the northern counties of Larimer and Weld. The state overall trends blue but really is closer to purple.

Wyoming, on the other hand, is reliably red.

So, in 2012, us Red-State Dems will be crossing the border to convince Coloradans to vote for Pres. Obama.

It irritates me. I want Wyoming to be more liberal in its outlook but that will never happen. It may happen, but I won't be around to see it. I'll be retired in Colorado. Or just retired, period.

Last night at the Laramie County Democrats meeting, we heard from the new director of Obama for America/Wyoming, Bob Vernon-Kubichek. Bob is a Casper native and UW grad. He worked on Democrat Gary Trauner's 2006 campaign which came within 1,012 votes of unseating wacko Repub Barbara Cubin in the U.S. House race.

"That still stings," said Bob.

That definitely still stings. I worked on that campaign. Trauner walked the state while Cubin didn't. Gary Trauner was ahead on early returns but then came the rural votes in northern Wyoming, always reliably ultra-conservative.

Sting, stang, stung.

Bob will be bringing some high-tech weaponry to our battle against the Republicans. OFA/WY will have new and improved databases, mailing lists, strategies, phone-banking, training techniques.

In the end, though, here's his mission:

"We're here to build volunteer structures to help northern Colorado," he said. "We're not going to win Wyoming."


I'll be down there in Colorado, working for Obama for America/Wyoming in northern Colorado. It will make a big difference. We need Colorado to put Obama over the top and keep us from the clutches of the eventual Republican candidate (probably Romney).

We will win. Obama will be re-elected.

And Wyoming stays red.


Patrick said...

Ouch is right. I undertand the pragmatism of this decision, but unless WY progressives are willing to have frank discussions with their friends and neighbors about why they would rather see Obama than Mittens in office, WY will have another four years as a single party state.

Gary Traumer was the closest thing we had to hope that change was possible. Given the gaffes of Cynthia Lummis, I would like to believe that he would stand a chance in the next election.


Anonymous said...

I feel your pain! I live here for now, but do NOT claim this as my home. It sucks to be such a minority about issues you are passionate about. If you are non-religious and democrat in Cheyenne, you might as well be purple and covered in scales.