I’ve just spent the weekend with my family, including my aunt, uncle and brother-in-law, all of whom are Republicans. We did not talk politics. Though the remainder of the family and family friends frequently referred positively to Kerry and fretfully about W. among ourselves, there was no open discussion of our choices for fear of bad blood. The fears are valid. I think there are few reasons one could say they will vote for Bush that would not produce my adverse judgement of their character. Because of that, I’ve lost the opportunity to find out what makes regular, smart people want to vote Republican this year. I’m more ignorant than I should be, because of my abiding certainty that those Republicans are yet still more ignorant. Does anyone constructively argue politics these days?