I'm am a Conservative Republican going back a long way. I am seeing a disturbing trend on our end of the spectrum that I would like to address. We're showing signs of what the left has often been accused of: whining and making excuses. I'm a Republican to a large extent because it's the party that's supposed to embody the ideal of rugged individualism that this country was founded on. That being said...Bush got his head handed to him the other night. Rush and Sean Hannity and all those other puppets can whine and complain and make excuses and outright lie all they want, but John Kerry looked like he was debating a Downes Syndrome patient, not the leader of the free world. Everybody knows that this is true, but who cares. We all know that Bush is not there because he's smart, or quick on his feet, or, perhaps even competent. The fact is he's failed at everything he's done in life. Bush is there because he's the likeable, electable figure-head for the intelligent, competent, but unlikeable and unelectable people around him. We all know this, it may not be the type of thing we want to admit, but it's undeniably true. Bush will win because he is likeable, and very human, and the views of his administration are those of most Americans. It doesn't matter that he was so thoroughly embarrassed and eviscerated during the debate. Any competent adult with a high school diploma would've beaten Bush. That doesn't make Kerry look good any more than it would make a pro football player look tough if he beat up a 6 year old girl. So let's just get on with the campaign and do what we can and get ourselves and our friends and family out to the polls. That's what matters. We're going to win because our beliefs are right, in spite of George Bush. Let's ignore newsweek, and Dan Rather and all the rest of those snobs who think we're a bunch of ignorant hillbillies and closed minded religious nuts. Then we can look forward to 4 more somewhat embarrassing years of falling down, choking on pretzels, hanging out in Texas instead of working, an inability to speak English or grasp the issues, dodging questions about being a draft dodger, drug addict, alcoholic, his child-like religious beliefs, soldiers dying on a daily basis because they don't have the equiptment they need, and not catching Osama Bin Laden. But also 4 more years of doing what's right for the wealthy people who are the heart and soul of the nation and the economy, going in there and killing as many terrorists as possible. We are still afraid as a nation. That is why we do not blame Bush for hiding in a bunker on 9/11. The Republicans understand this fear, that is why Bush will win next month. But let's not fear the election, and let's stop sounding so desperate. It doesn't matter what Newsweek or anybody else says. Results and dogma are what will matter in the race, not polls. On election day, we will overcome.