Are we supposed to feel sympathy for Barbour, Huckabee or Daniels? Millions of conservatives like me feel the nation and even our planet are being stretched to the very limits of their capacity. As these politicians take a powder on a presidential run, the Middle East seems to be spiraling out of control, Israel is under sustained and orchestrated attack, our own economy threatens to implode, politicians from both sides of the aisle purposely run from the truth while insulting the intelligence (and endangering the very future) of the American people, and, oh yeah, those who twist the Islamic faith still work day and night to attack us with a weapon of mass destruction. All of which begs the question: Does anyone have an "obligation" to run? Is it their duty as a citizen? To Daniels' point: Is it somehow "non-courageous or unpatriotic" not to challenge fellow Republicans for the nomination? As an American, and as someone who has worked in and around a few presidential campaigns, I would forcefully argue that it was wrong for these gentlemen to drop out. Regardless of party or political beliefs, if you truly do have the gifts, instincts, experience and very will to slow, divert or even stop these pending disasters, then I do happen to believe you have an obligation to run.