posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 01:48 PM
"When in the course of a lifetime, it becomes necessary for a born Republican to refuse to support the re-election of the party's incumbent
president, to exercise his discretion, and in all good conscience, to vote for an opponent (even a Democrat), a decent respect to the opinions of his
fellows requires that he declare the causes that impel him to switch. I am grateful to the Republican Party for the support it gave me on each of
three elections as judge. I respect many of the party leaders in Ohio. Nevertheless, my loyalty to the party must give way to my love of this country.
I consider it a patriotic duty to speak up when the future of our democracy is at stake."
- The historical tone of Ohio Republican Judge Robert L. Black's impassioned plea for electoral sanity is designed to hit at the heart of
serious-minded conservatives everywhere. Let's hope they get to read it.
"Throughout my tenure and beyond as the 30th governor of this state, I have been steadfastly aligned -- and until recently, proudly so -- with the
Minnesota Republican Party. It dismays me, therefore, to have to publicly disagree with the national Republican agenda and the national Republican
candidate but, this year, I must. The two Say No to Bush signs in my yard say it all. ... I am more fearful for the state of this nation than I have
ever been -- because this country is in the hands of an evil man: Dick Cheney. It is eminently clear that it is he who is running the country, not
George W. Bush. ... In both presidential debates, Kerry has shown himself to be of far superior intellect and character than Bush. He speaks honestly
to the American people, his ethics are unimpeachable and, clearly, with 20 respected years in the Senate, he has far better credentials to lead the
country than did Bush when he was elected four years ago. And a far greater depth of understanding of domestic and foreign affairs to do it now."
- Elmer Anderson, former Republican Governor of Minnesota, has penned one of the more ferocious "about-face" (in more ways than one)
editorials supporting Kerry.
"If John Kerry wins, it remains to be seen whether his administration will be more willing to break with its ideological base than a Bush team
that has been slavishly loyal to its corporate paymasters. But there is no remaining shred of doubt that another four years of a Bush presidency would
have a toxic effect on American politics. If George W. Bush is re-elected, unlimited corporate power, cynicism, and division will ride high in the
saddle. ... This unreconstructed Bull Moose will run with the donkey in November."
- Marshall Wittmann, a former aide to Senator John McCain (R. Ariz.), joins the growing landslide
"I have been a Republican since my teenage years. I proudly served as a senior political appointee in the Reagan and Bush senior administrations
at the US Commerce Department. I believe that George W. Bush has essentially stolen my party from me. ... I am a Republican who is supporting John
Kerry because I believe it is unpatriotic to stand by and do nothing while our government is bankrupted and our principles trashed. I want to be able
to look my grandchildren in the eyes and say I did my best to maintain the legacy of our great country for them."
- Dr. Tim Ashby explains why he is a Republican who is supporting John Kerry.
Here is a website that I'm sure Free Republic types will look to garner names from, death threat wise:
Republicans for Kerry
And more good news ( or bad, depending on your grip of reality - as in lack there of
Electoral Vote Predictor 2004: Kerry 271 Bush 257