Hello, guys. It has been a long time, and I apologize for being away. I am still behind enemy lines here in Nebraska, working on seeing if maybe we can give Obama a secong electoral vote. He won't take the state, but it would be sweet to hold Omaha and flip Lincoln (50-50 based on what I see on the ground).
The last few years have been washes of extreme highs and lows with a lot of soul searching. The direction of the Republican party has flipped everything I believed on my ear, and the extreme right shift in a very short period of time has been stunning. It kind of feels as though I lost my best friend and puppy at the same time. I came to realize that the current state of the party made it impossible to continue to support them, and the local party was even worse than the national party, and I knew that I could not continue to fake it. I felt like continuing as I was going, especially since local party change was impossible, could not happen, much as you cannot continue to visit a restaurant that makes you sick every time you order. Because of this, about a year after the election, I chnaged my registration from Republican to Democrat. Now, I will never be a far lefty, and instead are more in line with someone like Ben Nelson, but this is part of why I was absent.
I wasn't sure what to do. I was one of the bloggers here, and felt guilty since I was no longer really an "RFO," but I had to change for my own sanity. Anyway, that is the source of my long absence, and I hope you guys still want this former Republican around. Now, if the Republican party ever joins the 20th century and drops all the not so subtle code words, I will come "home," but until then, they have lost me.