Of course some of you who are reading this may be upset with my assessment, but I want to go on record as telling you what, if you are being totally honest with yourself, you already know:  Party politics in rural Colorado mean almost nothing.  This is a statement coming from a man who has been the vice-chair of the Elbert County Democrats for years, has run for commissioner as a Democrat, and regularly contributes to Democratic causes across the nation.  Party politics mean almost nothing in rural Colorado. Now, if you can just stop laughing long enough or crying long enough to hear me out, I will explain.