Rspaight wrote:The only satifisfaction I take in Bush's victory is that he's going to get stuck with the business end of his first term.
As blogger Mark Evanier put it, the biggest mistake the Democrats made was even fielding a candidate against Bush. If he'd only had himself and his record to run on he would have been toast.
Kerry would have been an ineffectual President. He would have inherited two huge messes (the economy/deficit and the war), and he would have had a Congress determined to undermine and sabotage him at every turn. He would not have been able to solve anything, the best we would have been able to hope for is for him to just keep things from getting worse. He probably would have been unpopular because of this, and an easy, Carteresque target in 2008.
Now we have Bush, who has to try to fix the shit he's messed up, but will most likely make things a LOT worse. Perhaps worse to the point where some of the 52% will start to feel the pain and start to connect the dots. An alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before he sobers up, and maybe America needs to hit rock bottom before it is ready to swear off neo-conservativism.
In 2008 the Republican president and Republican Congress will not be able to blame anyone else for the shit situation we're in... they will have been in power long enough that they have to take responsibility for it.