Here's a thought for you CVC and tell me what you think. I believe partisan politics trumps the whole thought process of most conservatives/repubs that if you have a given situation such as the Iraq war their support will be determined if their political parties leadership tell them to support it or not.
Here's what I mean, lets say in yet another hypothetical situation Gore won the election in 00 and followed the exact actions of Bush regarding Iraq. Another words he used the 9/11 attacks to justify an invasion using the same reasons Bush and company did and the same exact results had happened over the last eight years.
i betcha the right from the top down would have decried it as a mistake and now eight years later would have been saying what abysmal failures they are and how dumb the 'left' was to do it in the first place.
The difference between partisan hacks and those that don't follow their leaders like sheep come down to this.
Even though I voted for Gore and wanted him to win, had he done the hypothetical stated above, I would have been just as vehemently opposed to it as I am that Bush did it. I would have been greatly let down that a leader I supported carried out such a wrong act that I never thought they'd even think of.
If Obama ends up doing something as wrong, I will be just as opposed to it.