Partisan Rhode Island
Perhaps the key is to acknowledge and work with Rhode Islanders’ pathological need to vote Democrat:
[Michael] Pinga [electoral slayer of West Warwick Senator Stephen Alves] switched his voter affiliation to Democrat from Republican this spring. Some of his ideologies — his support of Governor Carcieri and opposition to tax hikes, abortion and gay marriage — differ from the party he now calls his. Though he has said he’s supported candidates across the aisle in previous elections, Pinga said his decision to switch parties in this election was based on his desire to get the election over and done with.
Of course, if the RIGOP has any vestigial competence, the key players have set a meeting date (or had one already) to discuss the whys and hows of changing the poison touch of the “R.”