Posted at 16:21h in The Friday BriefThe last few weeks have been among the darkest we have suffered through this prolonged bear market. The environment grows more to this bear’s liking every day. But, as long-term investors trying to survive this lengthy storm, we must stay focused on what is real and try to ignore the emotional winds that threaten our better judgment. As far as we know to date, only a handful of self-centered individuals from Enron, ImClone, Anderson, WorldCom, and others created this morass. Others such as analysts, economists, Senators and Representatives, and the media continue to press its ill effects on the market. In fact, those who seek political gain from this mess may make this fall’s congressional race the most expensive in history as the market loses billions while investors’ lose confidence in their leadership.