debating (and enjoyed watching debate) evaporated after W's re-election.
Its fairly interesting to see how our views have changed over that time. I remember having some different views than I do today... its not that I changed my beliefs to a large degree, I just that I think some things and world events worked out poorly, and its fairly easy to do that kind of thing given how hindsight is always 20/20. So I can generally change my mind if I think a politician of either party shoveled a steaming load of horse crap on us. Most of George W Bush's administration is one of those things that changed. At first I thought his ideas were good ones, especially with the wars, but as time passed, I came to believe that it was botched severely by bureaucrats who sat in air conditioned offices telling sweaty, dirty soldiers how to "send Afghan girls to school," become painters and electricians when they were actually trained as warriors, not Captain Americas seeking to win hearts and minds of people who hate our guts. The reality of the Afghan and Iraq war should have been much different. Destroy the enemy with as much violence on the ground as possible, declare victory, and go home. Bush was a disaster not only in the wars, but Justice Roberts was a total piece of crap. Obamacare should actually be called "Robertscare after Justice Roberts found a way to make the law work... yeah, he actually said that. We got Alito thank god, but that was only after a brutal backlash against Bush's decision to appoint his own liberal attorney Harriet Myers, a person Harry Reid couldn't say enough kind things about. Anyhow... enough ranting for now