Though I think of myself as kind of middle right, I will confess that I voted for Obama in 2008.
Why? Mostly because I liked the fact that he had opposed the war in Iraq from the start, and at least by 2008 I thought that was the right place to have been. McCain in contrast couldn’t really seem to get much past proclaiming the surge as a great success, without acknowledging the war had been a mistake in the first place. In fact, he almost seemed to be itching for a fight with Russia over Georgia.
So, I thought sensible "no drama" Obama, whatever his other failings (like letting the congress turn the stimulus into a pork fest) wouldn’t use his commander in chief power to carelessly take us into war again.
I think Lewis Black nailed it on the Daily Show. Why don’t we just elect Donald Trump. What we need is a third world strongman. Our system just doesn’t seem to bring us sensible good candidates.
So if we’re gonna have bad presidents, let’s make them REALLY bad.