My best friend and old roommate has been watching the RNC convention. He watched three nights of the DNC one, and one night of the RNC one. A little background: My buddy is Dubya critic numero uno. He registered as a Democrat just after the 2000 election. We always talk about the issues and stay friendly as we have been friends since before we could vote. The kicker: After the McCain/Guilianni speeches on Monday he called me, and the conversation was a little different than our normal talks. He tells me that he can't make up his mind. However, after 4 years of anyone but Bush, he's beginning to question himself. He goes on to say that he doesn't agree with everything Bush does/says, he's starting to think that maybe Bush is the man we need right now. His reason: We start to talk about the reason's for war and brings up a good point. We conclude that most terrorist were poor/disaffected/angry youths. Angry that there is really no future in their countries. Then we talk about oil and the wells eventually running dry. He then brings up this point. "What's going to happen to the Middle East when the wells run dry? If those people don't have something to sell or trade that's not black and explosive, you'll have a whole region of poor/disaffected/angry youths. That's not good." Also, he points out that we're poor. We both make under 10K/year. Then he says "I'm technically poor, but I've got a house to come home to, a car, 100 channels, a job, a bank account, and what's so bad about that? Being poor here beats being rich over there". Followup: The next day he calls me to ask how he can change his party affiliation. He's switching to the independants (like me). He says that the democrat's platform is good, but not the most important right now. He said he'd rather see democrats take over once we know that America is safe in the longrun (ie, the Middle East is on par with other nations regarding diversified production and trade). I guaruntee he's not the only person out there doing the same thing. I couldn't have been more shocked if Zim and IJ told me they were voting for Bush. Thoughts???