1) I've said it before but I'll say it again. I have no permanent allegiance to the Democratic party - nada! In fact, if the Republicans ever nominated a reasonable, pro-choice moderate candidate for President, I would be more than happy to consider voting for him/her. But, I'm telling you here, right now, the individuals that I personally saw on that stage the other night...were bad! Damn it, I might even go as far as to say that they were the bottom of the barrel Republicans; Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, some dufus who used to run a pizza outfit (I surely hope that the dude's pizza goes down better than his bromides). I mean, come on, folks, the party of Honest Abe, T.R. Ike, and Rocky has degenerated into this? Surely, the grand old party do better (or at the minimum least, they can try).............2) My conservative colleagues continue to say that we shouldn't raise taxes...PERIOD....I just wish that they could show me how you can possibly bridge a 1.5 trillion dollar budget shortfall WITHOUT some form of revenue increase. And, besides, Mr. Bush and his Republican colleagues rammed through two humongous tax cuts, waged two very expensive wars, and passed a brand new expensive drug entitlement program, and they didn't frigging pay for one single iota of any of it. Wouldn't it be a nice change of pace to actually pay for something once in a while? I mean, I know that it's a radical thought and all but...................3) There are two popular conceptions of George W. Bush amongst progressives these days. One conception of Mr. Bush is that he's this evil and sinister mastermind who tried to bitch-slap the rest of the world into submission. The other conception is that he's this utterly buffoonish and incompetent boob whose negligent actions as commander in chief have set this country back considerably. Which of these conceptions will ultimately win out amongst the progressive movement is anybody's guess. We'll just have to wait and see, I'm thinking....I mean, he certainly couldn't be both, now could he?