Good for you for defending your cousin. About 90 percent of this board wants to tear down anyone they possibly can, but it's far worse on the Poli board. I once defended my cousin (who ran for President in 2004), when his name was mentioned in a thread on the political board and people were vicious toward me.
It's sad, but posters would rather namecall and tear someone down than have a healthy, rational debate. Anyway, props to you for having the balls to stick up for family.