A question that haunts me is why the Republicans so frequently deserve the sobriquet of "the Stupid Party". Orin Judd provides an example. I think that this is because most Republicans don't really believe in the principles of their own party. It's easier for Democrats, since the only real principle they have is "acquire power". I think that this is one thing (if not really the only thing) that distinguished Reagan. Bush 43 seems to have some beliefs as well. I was originally a doubter, but his performance over the last few months have given me hope that his term will be an overall positive one.