A Saner Arizona
Arizona shows up today on electoralvote.com as barely Republican. Romney leads Obama 48-45, his down 8 points since August. Arizona not going for Romney would be an upset but I can at least imagine that possibility. After all, the last incumbent Democratic president seeking re-election actually carried Arizona. Despite Arizona's wingnut and racist reputation, many Arizonans do not accept those attitudes and beliefs as legitimate. I know too many of them to ever accept the caricature of Arizona so easily created by the racists and assholes.
One of those fine people--Kyrsten Sinema--is running for Congress as a Democrat in Arizona District 9. She was first elected to the Arizona Legislature not long before I left Arizona. She served in both House and Senate, earning a reputation as a strong advocate for social and economic justice. CD 9 is a swing district; Sinema is currently about 5 points ahead of a Republican opponent.
Further evidence of intelligent life in Arizona is Sinema's endorsement by Barry Goldwater's grandchildren. Compared to today's Arizona Republicans, Barry is a Bolshevik.