The answer, really, is twofold. First of all, I think you have to acknowledge the fact that the Democrats ran a couple of political cretins of their own against him. But the other problem lies in the fact that America is almost too diverse and too broad not to elect someone like Bush Junior. America suffers from political schizophrenia.
Take this story. The story itself is extreme and is a bit of a mind-fuck – a religious leader telling a 14 year old girl that she has to marry and shag her 19 year old cousin or go to hell. But it is the little asides in the article that really get to me. Take this sentence:
"Under Utah law a 14-year-old can consent to sex, but not if they are enticed by someone at least three years older."Of course, sex with a minor is fine, as long as that person isn't at least 3 years older. Makes all the f*cking difference. It is bad enough that the USA is one of those countries that executes minors, but now we learn that you can fuck ‘em as well. As long as you are not too much older than them.
And the description of the requirements of the FLDS church:
"Members believe a man must marry at least three wives in order to ascend to heaven. Women are taught that their path to heaven depends on being subservient to their husband.""Nice". A man has to have not just three wives, but actually at least three wives. Which is fine with the women, because they are taught that they have to be subservient to their husband. Remember, this isn't the Old Testament I’m describing: I’m talking about people in America today.
"Polygamy is illegal in the US, but the authorities have reportedly been reluctant to confront the FLDS for fear of sparking a tragedy similar to the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas, which led to the deaths of about 80 members."Riiiiggghht, so it is OK to break the law in the US as long as the authorities feel that there is a risk of mass murder and/or mass suicide. This is the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave", apparently.
See, these people – as backward, reactionary and downright fucked up as their beliefs are – have a vote in the US. And that is why the likes of Bush can win elections. By the very nature of democracy, sometimes appealing to the lowest common denominator in a country can be crucial to electoral success – and just as important as aspiring to greater and more worthy ideals. And I can imagine every liberal in the US, as they cringe with despair as their boss lurches from one catastrophe to another, can understand the irony that makes up democracy – everyone having the vote is simultaneously a great concept but also can be a disastrous practicality.