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Thomas-
The PIPA survey www.pipa.org. was very instructive. While it is hardly surprising that people who rely on Faux News are astonishingly misinformed about  Iraq, the problem is apparently much deeper.  Look at how his supporters misunderstand Bush's positions on things he hasn't bothered to misrepresent.

"Majorities of Bush supporters incorrectly assumed that Bush favors including labor and environmental standards in trade agreements (84%), and the US being part of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (69%), the International Criminal Court (66%), the treaty banning land mines (72%), and the Kyoto Treaty on global warming (51%). They were divided between those who knew that Bush favors building a new missile defense system now (44%) and those who incorrectly believe he wishes to do more research until its capabilities are proven (41%)."
It's called cognitive dissonance.  Or, as Paul Simon once sang, "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

If it is any consolation, you are good company in your decision to turn your back on someone who has so badly represented the core values of your party. Here's a partial list:
Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler Chairman -- June 25
Russell E. Train, (interview) EPA chief under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford -- Jul. '04
Various Republican Business Leaders -- Aug. 5
Gail Slocum, former Republican Mayor of Menlo Park, California -- Sept. '04
Clay Myers, Republican Secretary of State (1967-77) and State Treasurer (1977-84) for Oregon -- Sept. 1
Bill Rutherford, former Treasurer of Oregon and Chair of the Oregon Investment Council -- Sept. 1
George Comstock, Mayor of Portola Valley, California -- Sept. 1
Mike Cobb, former Republican Mayor of Palo Alto, California -- Sept. 8
Pete McCloskey (editorial here), former Republican Representative from California -- Sept. 8
John Eisenhower  .........

You can see the entire list here:
http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Republicans_for_Kerry_2004

Chuck Utzman