We have heard how bad those years have been and we have heard how Bush is such an idiot and yet your side could not unseat him 4 years ago. The man must have been doing something right the first four years in order to get reelected. Yet your side continues to try to rewrite that part of history.
And your side doesn't write it's own version of history? Oh PLEASE!
As for the folks running for President over the last several elections, if we'd pull various national leaders from our past on all sides of the political isle, what we've had the last several election cycles wouldn't get elected dogcatcher. I mean in 96' the repubs' threw Dole out as dogmeat for Clinton to chew on and Bush got the nod in 2000' mainly because his record in Texas of non-partisanship and moderate governance resonated with the voter over continuing with Clintonianism under Gore and yes I know the election was close but what helped Bush was the belief his style in Texas was coming to Washington. Had they known they were really electing Cheney and Co. for foreign policy King, I think Gore win would have been by a very wide margin not only popular but electoral votes as well.
Go back and read the debates themselves and what Bush was saying and then how he governed and don't hand me that 9/11 changed everything because it didn't.
Kerry in 2004' palyed the role of Dole in 96' as like the repubs in 96' the dems conceeded the 04' election although they won't publically admit it. Kerry was a demographic study of the 08' election but the electorate didn't follow the designed model and annoint Hillary. I think Obama's been thrown under the bus and Hillary's regrouping for 12' and McCain as a one termer because of age. The repub's saw the handwriting and are monkeying with their plans via Sarah Palin which for now appears to be a stroke of pure genius. The party core base of conservative who believe in limited gov't/reduced spending and other ideas opposite to the neo-con party leaders have been roped in thinking they got one of their own but then then failed to pay close attention to their FUX News (I love that) programming back in June when Mr, Neo-Con himself, Bill Kristol told the Sunday morning news group that McCain's VP would be Sarah Palin and extolled her as the great choice and annointed of the neo's.
The bottomline is nobody is really voting for something as they are voting against. You think if I walk in the booth in 7 weeks I'm voting for a 3rd party? Guess again, even I'm voting against as I'm just voting against the current 2 party system that is IMO destructive to ideas and public conversations on how we should really be governing ourselves. I'm even thinking of getting a ballot and then not voting on it and putting it in the box with the idea that this is my way of saying "None of the Above!"
There are no real fresh, creative ideas out there in the democrat or republican ranks and as long as we flock to them every election cycle as if that is the last 2 loaves of bread in the store, why should they ever change a thing. They believe in the old truism, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I believe if enough Americans for just one election cycle would choose to "break it" we might find ourselves come the next election finally back to voting for something rather than against or in other words, voting for the lesser of 2 evils or in your case accepting a broken leg over a coffin. I'm saying why should we have to accept either one as our only choice. As I said, it's time to not board the airplane and instead drive the car to where we want to go and we get to choose the route we want to go and not the one they give us.
The mark of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!