My hiatus is done, it's time to get serious. President Bush is about to be inaugurated for a second term. He is going to enter it with a record deficit, botched war( killings thousands of americans and Iraqis), and an ideological bias that makes Fox news look liberal. The democrats lost an election that was there to lose, they under-estimated the Republican machine, and spent far too much time trying to out Republican the Republicans. Kerry wasn't the democratic Dream candidate, but he should have easily won the race. All of this is in the past and now it is time to prepare for the future. It is my hope that the Phoenix Project could be a conduit for organization and communication for all who are liberal but seriously frustrated with the performance of the Democratic party. The loss in the last election could take 10 to 15 years to correct. Winning seats in the House of Representatives is nearly impossible, with all the gerrymandering that goes on. The senate has a very low turnover rate as well. The 2008 presidential race could possibly be lost in the next year, that is hard to believe, but the candidates are already lining up for potentials runs for the White House. I'm not sure that this election was important as it was billed, but the next one certainly will be important. I hope that you will take a more active role in the Phoenix Project. Have a good year and keep hope alive.