You wrote, " ... I had a positive contempt for Bush's ignorance, his social conservative agenda, and the general way that he ran his campaign. ... What happened between now and then? Let me see if I can find the right words:
Sept. 11, 2001."
Oh for God sakes. Bush reaching for a children's book after being told the second plane had hit the WTC impressed you? Bush sitting in the classroom for over 7 minutes after being told a second plane had hit the WTC impressed you? We now know that Bush was briefed just a month earlier about Osama bin Laden being determined to strike the United States. Bush sitting there is not the actions (actually inactions) of someone we want as our President.
That same night Bush went before the American people and lied to them about why we were attacked, "America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world." That is a lie. By the way, the 9/11 Commission has agreed with what the evidence shows and I have been saying for years.
Nearly all of mainstream media refused to report this fact. Here is the rare exception:
"Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man who conceived and directed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was motivated by his strong disagreement with American support for Israel, said the final report of the Sept. 11 commission."