Ten years ago Monday was my last act as a Republican, when I voted for John McCain in the 2000 Michigan Republican Primary, which was pretty much the high water mark of his campaign. After that, it was all downhill for McCain and George W. Bush won the nomination. As soon as it became clear that W was going to win, I left the party, which I had been a member of since I had registered to vote in 1978. There was no way I was going to vote for W or remain associated with a party that would have him as their standard bearer. The past ten years, as exemplified by the Tom Tomorrow comic strip below, have validated my decision.
As a scientist, I could not in good conscience have tolerated being associated with such people.