Allisons point is well taken. I agree that this is a problem. One of the things I didnt like about Reagan is that he didnt work on this problem explictly enough. Remember when he stopped off in Minnesota the night before the 1984 election, on his way to California, just to hold a rally at the airport because he (and his advisors) wanted to win MN (and every other state). He should have stopped off at a critical Congressional district and helped the GOP candidate. My sense is that Bush (and Rove) are thinking about this; he certainly acted like it during this campaign, and bowed to the party during his press conference yesterday. Also, one of the reasons I dont like the so-called campaign finance reform is because it hurts parties. This has to be fixed.