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  • I researched the candidates, I've read through our local ballot-measures, I voted. Now I'm burnt out. This election is disgusting me. Few people give a damn what the truth is. Kerry a Liberal? Riiiiiiight. Tell it Che Guevara. No WMDs? Iraq wasn't behind 9/11? Osama bin Forgotten? Who cares? Kerry sometimes changes his mind, so we had better vote for Bush!

    So many people are incredibly misinformed about so many issues, but they don't want to be informed. The sort of information you present is a

    • See the PIPA report []. Cognitative dissonance is alive and well. Most Bush supporters want to support Bush and are willing to believe whatever it takes for them to support Bush in good conscience.

      However given a close race it isn't necessary to convince most Bush supporters, it is only necessary to convince enough to flip the race. Which is why I find it heartening to see conservatives look at the facts and conclude that they should look beyond Bush's claim to be a conservative and see that he is the wor

  • From the few Bush supporters I know, and the ones I've seen or heard on the media, the issues are completely irrelevant. The people who have decided to vote for Bush have not done so based on his foreign policy or domestic policy. The kind of reasons I've heard all run along the lines of:

    • I've always voted Republican, and I always will.
    • He has a good strong handshake and a friendly smile. (Paraphrased from a "NASCAR dad" interview)
    • We're in a war, and we shouldn't change presidents midstream. (Mangled me