I actually read an article (if you can call it that) in The Stranger - another Seattle publication that begs the question "Why does gayness always seem to be handed out for free?" - which expressed concern over the fact that most in-state elections were leaning Republican. Nobody can seem to figure out why the state and local seats aren't riding the Obama wave. I dunno, maybe because the lack of media interest at these smaller levels means that, unlike The One, the rest of you still have to prove that you don't suck?
Maybe also because there isn't much risk in telling the truth about supporting local conservatives? Rossi supporters get heckled a bit; out-of-the-closet McCain boosters face actual retaliation and so have kept pretty quiet. The Obama wave may be more apparent than real for just this reason. In places like Seattle, regardless of polls and the trumpeting of the dinosaur media, it's possible that Obama will do little better Nov. 4th than his Democratic Party ballot mates.
My new hometown, in flyover country, boasts not a single Starbucks; there is no "boutique" anything nor are there any "artisan" whatevers. And at my totally retrograde uncool tack-o-rama workplace, there are dozens of visible McCain/Palin supporters and not ONE Obamadroid to be heard from.
Needless to say, the house that would have cost half a million in Seattle set us back just a bit over 100K here. The schools are better with less time wasted on social engineering. Commuting 15 miles takes 15 minutes, rush hour or not. And there is no local equivalent to The Stranger.
Oh, and for the same kind of work we were doing in Seattle, all the adults in our little "back to the heartland" advance party are being paid the same. We've gotten a one hundred percent quality of life raise while doing better financially too.
Not coincidentally, we have strict voter residency and advance registration laws here. And you must show ID at the polls or send it in with your absentee ballot. Our local governments are profoundly mainstream and conservative.
I don't miss Seattle.