My mother always voted Republican, casting her first vote for Wendell Willkie in 1940. Her last vote -- and I know it, since I had to assist her -- was for Bush 43 in 2004. My father tended to vote Republican -- his first vote was also for Willkie, his last for Bush 43 -- but he was more skeptical than Mom of party loyalty. Dad said that the problem with Republicans was that they always caved in, usually for paltry remuneration. If you want to get something done, vote Democratic. If you distrust politicians and don't want to get anything done, then vote Republican and hope that one or two of them will be men of their word.