I agree you have a great domain should turn in to something pretty good so long as u maintain it, btw care to do some banner or txt link exchange I have a feeling its only a matter of time before you start getting lots of good hits with a domain like that
I think the site looks good. Its fast, functional and has a decent color scheme. Perhaps in the future you may want to invest in something a little more appealing, but for now I would just wait to see how your users react to it.
It is a political forum after all. I would just concentrate on producing good thread content and just let the look of the site evolve when its ready.