[color=blue]Re-elect George Bush? Fuggedaboutit. It’s over.[/color]
"Further north in Pennsylvania - a so-called swing state, where candidates are desperate to woo undecided voters - there’s a deeply conservative institution: the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.
Bill Buchanan, a leading member and card-carrying Republican, sighed when he told me George W Bush would not be getting his vote this time.
The reason? Iraq.
Bill said: “To risk nearly 1,000 American lives and so many casualties, there has to be a pressing reason. There was not.”
He went on: "When I joined the military, I was taught to shoot back at the guy shooting at me.
“His name was Osama Bin Laden. We’ve stopped shooting at him and started shooting at someone who was not shooting at us. It doesn’t make sense.”
Bill runs a bed-and-breakfast house in Philadelphia. One of his other guests, William Coleman, came down one morning and sat at the communal dining table wearing a Manchester United shirt.
He’d made a two-hour plane journey from New Orleans to see his beloved English soccer team play a summer friendly against Celtic.
He’s one of those fans far away - an American who developed a passion for a team just from watching them on television.
William fought in the Vietnam War and he is another Republican who says there is no way he’ll vote for George Bush this time.
He told me that, when he was brought up in the 1950s, he was always taught that Germany had been utterly wrong to start a pre-emptive war.
But now America has done exactly that, and has alienated most of its allies as a result.
William Coleman is a thoughtful, kind-faced man who speaks slowly and carefully, and he believes he speaks for many when he says:
"As commander-in-chief, the president has a responsibility not to use the military in an irresponsible manner.
“I think that in this case, in Iraq, George W Bush has subjected the military to unnecessary danger.”
William Coleman, like several of the uneasy Republicans I met, told me he will grit his teeth and vote for that other Vietnam War veteran, John Kerry.