But more on that in a moment.
First, guess who's not going to get a Christmas card from Southwest Virginia's last remaining Democrat.
If you guessed The Worst President In Modern Times ...
... you'd be right!
Senator Phil Puckett, Democrat, Virginia's 38th Senate District, on WJHL TV in the Tri-Cities, on Wednesday:
"It's very clear to me that the administration does not support the coal industry in a way that's beneficial to our area. So, I don't plan to support President Obama for re-election."
Really? I wonder what gave the dude his first clue that Obama was prepared to put every Southwest Virginian out of work? Could it be when Obama vowed to bankrupt the coal industry and send the cost of energy through the rafters?
No. That was three years ago and Puckett said nary a word.
Why now, I wonder.
Well, actually I don't wonder either. I know.
Ol' Phil knows how to read the polls.
And the polls tell him that Obama is about as popular in these parts as the Devil is in Sunday School.
So now Phil dumps on Obama.
Slick but for one thing.
We have long memories.
As the Republican Party of Virginia puts it so eloquently:
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his job-killing Cap and Trade bill through Congress? Nope.It could have been mentioned also Puckett's penchant for voting with his liberal Democrat buddies up in northern Virginia on a broad array of tax hikes.
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his massive health care takeover bill though Congress? Nope.
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing thousands of people to lose their jobs? Nope.
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing Phillip Puckett to lose his own job? We have a winner!
Phillip Puckett didn't walk away from Obama when Obama was bad for Southwest Virginia.
Phillip Puckett walked away from Obama when Obama was bad for Phillip Puckett.
Expect him to repudiate them (the taxes and his liberal Democrat buddies too) any day now. He knows which way the wind blows.
Still, it must be said, Phil Puckett is making the right moves.
I just hope most Southwest Virginians look past campaign season and remember where he was - and wasn't - when it counted most.