My home state of Missouri was solidly Democrat when I lived there. Now it tends Republican. The Democrats of my youth were not the 'cut and run', 'soft on crime' Democrate of today, e.g. Claire McCaskill.
They were Truman Democrats nursed on the mother's milk of the Pendergast machine. McCaskill must be in trouble because she is stooping to lies.....and amazingly enough the media caught her. The ad was pulled but you can still see it here.