Doug, I sure do wish you were an asshole! It is hard to rag on a nice guy! Fact is, independents outnumber republicans and democrats put together in Vermont. Vermont has had many progressive firsts, among others, they were the first to vote down slavery.
Does anyone remember Ronald Raygun as a democrat? He was a staunch supporter of FDR and JFK. Did the dems call him traitor? How about Mayor Lindsey of NYC? was he villified?