You’ve heard the political analysis. You’ve seen the maps. The Left Coast and the northeastern corner of the U.S. are blue, states that often, very predictably, vote for Democratic candidates for president. Why, then, is Republican strategist Karl Rove saying he thinks Oregon could move to the Republican column, not this election, but perhaps in 2016? Consider his seemingly wild prediction, captured in a piece in Politico‘s Burns & Haberman blog.
What do you think: Could Oregon vote for a Republican president in 2012?
The New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight column, by the by, said Oregon is on the cusp “of safe and in play” for Democrats. In the “Presidential Geography” series, Five-Thirty-Eight says President Obama has a huge chance of winning Oregon in 2012, but a wave election, in which everything goes right for the GOP, could conceivably paint Oregon red or pink.