That, of course, is a famous Ronald Reagan quote about his switch from the Democratic to Republican party. I have met many ex-Dems that feel the same way (there are even a few here in the blogosphere like Kat, Donal and Kali)...
I am always fascinated at how the enlightenment evolved and progressed --and more importantly what was the final straw the caused them to stop being an ass and embraced the elephant.
Front Page Magazine has an article written by author Seth Swirsky that details exactly that and culminates in his 2004 decision to vote for President Bush.
Here is a small excerpt:
"...I approached the 2004 primaries with an open mind. I was still a Democrat, still hoping that leaders like Sam Nunn and Scoop Jackson would emerge, still fantasizing that Democrats could constitute a party of truly progressive social thinkers with tough backbones who would reappear after 9/11.
I was wrong. The Left got nuttier, more extreme, less contributory to the public debate, more obsessed with their nemesis Bush - and it drove me further away. What Democrat could support Al Gore's '04 choice for President, Howard Dean, when Dean didn't dismiss the suggestion that George W. Bush had something to do with the 9/11 attacks? Or when the second most powerful Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, thought our behavior at the detention center in Guantanamo was equivalent to Bergen Belsen and the Soviet gulags? Or when Senator Kennedy equated the unfortunate but small incident at Abu Ghraib with Saddam's 40-year record of mass murder, rape rooms, and mass graves saying, "Saddam's torture chambers have reopened under new management, U.S. management"? What Democrat could not applaud the fact that President had, in fact, kept us safe for what's going on 5 years? What Democrat - even those who opposed the decision to go into Iraq - wouldn't applaud the fact that tens of millions of previously brutalized people had the hope of freedom before them?..." (Read the rest of the article)