On Inauguration Day in 2005, I had pretty much the same thought as this TPM reader is having now:
[Had Kerry won], we would not have had eight years of experimenting with the extreme ideology that the Bush administration has inflicted on the United States of America. And, it is this experiment that has provided cold hard empirical evidence that the blind obeisance to free unregulated markets that is the hallmark of contemporary conservatism, coupled with the unilateral, muscular, “shoot first and ask questions afterwards” foreign policy that is at the core of neoconservatism, is as bankrupt a governing paradigm as the centrally planned economy of socialism.
It’s 8 years of Bush that makes Obama possible. We needed to see Katrina, the financial meltdown, and all the rest.