Ditto me too. Lived 21 years with plugged ears and mind in Illinois and did not even KNOW a Republican. Took another 40 to wash the blue off me. (I voted for Jimmy Carter TWICE) algore (who I voted for) and his constant, embarrassment of whining that he had won turned me hard right. I came to the "light side" I ask my husband frequently what he was THINKING by marrying an Illinois Democrat that just spouted my own matra never listening to reason. Mocking common sense. Alas my family that is still a big nest of Democrats are still back in Nutland, keeping all the dead relatives voting every election. I am working on them however, and I see cracks in their armor.