"WRITTEN OFF" IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI?A Republican viewer called and left this voicemail while I was away. He said he wanted his views shared, so here they are:
"I was just wondering why the Republican party seems to have written us off in Southwest Missouri. We see plenty of adds for the Democratic candidates. We see no ads for the Republican candidates. We should see some ads for them. Even if they don't have the money, they should at least make their presence known."
It all begs the question: WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS?
Sure, they are out of money. And yes, Missouri is sharing the spotlight with 21 other states on Tuesday. But Southwest Missouri is the heart of the conservative base, and it's striking that the Democrats seem to want to play here -- while the Republicans don't seem to be playing at all.
Yes, (weather permitting) Mike Huckabee will be here Friday. But the new Republican frontrunner John McCain is just touching down in St. Louis.
This all begs another question: WHAT'S AN OZARK VOTER TO DO?
Lots of Democrats loved John Edwards. He fit well for Democrats in this area. Where do they go now? Lots of conservatives loathe John McCain. And he looks like he is on his way to the Republican nomination. Where do they turn? And is a vote for Mike Huckabee really a vote for John McCain?
We've got questions, have you got answers?