We all know that Oklahoma is the reddest of the red states. Not one county voted for Obama in 2008, and that is unlikely to change in this election.
So this past week, Obama visited the state to speak for improving our oil distribution. But not one of the State's Republican leaders was there to welcome him. Not one. And here is the sad part. They won't suffer politically. In fact, one could argue that the demonization of Obama and liberals is so fierce here in Oklahoma, that Mary Fallin or other Republicans would have been politically harmed had they done as much as greet the President with a cordial handshake.
What does that say about our political discourse? I am not sure. I don't recall the opposite happening with Bush and our former Democratic Governor, Brad Henry, either with a snub, nor with a political cost to the governor for being seen with Bush.
This is another example of how things are worse on the right than on the left. The Tea Party and talk radio have pushed a degree of incivility that has become accepted by people who, as this editorial suggests, were "raised better than that."