One campaigned as the "kinder and gentler" candidate and promised emphatically "No New Taxes". The other campaigned as the "compassionate conservative". The former has been proven a compulsive and pathological liar and the latter has been proven an egotistical chickenhawk with no consideration whatsoever for the plights of his own countrymen much less the plights of the world at large. Now, who are we to believe in this election from our field of so called conservatives? One thing is for sure. The conservatives will have to cover a lot of ground if they are ever to be taken seriously again as leaders of the free world. How much more "kinder and gentler" or "compassionate as a conservative" or averse to taxation without representation does a modern day conservative have to be to win a national election? So far, not one presents the American ideals that will be required to succeed in any national election. 2008 will be a watershed year for Democrats. And I suspect that observation to be correct for many years to come. Americans truly want a kinder, gentler, compassionate and frugal president. There is not one to be found in the Republican Party.