New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday switched his party status from Republican to unaffiliated, a stunning move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race...
Throughout his 5 1/2 years as mayor, Bloomberg has often been at odds with his party and Bush. He supports gay marriage, abortion rights, gun control and stem cell research, and raised property taxes to help solve a fiscal crisis after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (emphasis mine--Darren)
On those five topics, I support one. Not agreeing 100% with your party plank seems reasonable to me. Not agreeing at all with it makes me wonder why you're in the party in the first place.
How I long for the days when being a Republican meant being for smaller, less intrusive government, instead of whatever it means today.