That, in a nut shell, is why George W. Bush will go down in History as a mediocre President at best or a failed President at worst.
Lincoln and Churchill saved their respective nations by inspiring the Home Front in spite of numerous early military defeats.
Bush has almost lost a war that is of vital strategic interest to America by yielding the Bully Pulpit to Copperheads and by waging a war designed not to displease Copperheads in any way in spite of stunning early military victories.
American political dynamics being what they are, with the Sheeple of the Center tipping the balance in Presidential elections, makes the election of a true Conservative possible only after the unmitigated disaster of a liberal such as Jimmy Carter.
Likewise, the election of a Hillary is only possible after the disaster of a Home Front that has been allowed to be thoroughly demoralized during war time.
Because of the Sheeple of the Center, a Conservative cannot and will not be elected President in 2008.
Hoping to get Hillary in the White house so that a Conservative is elected in 2012 after a disasterous Hillary Presidency is playing games with America's very survival as America cannot afford to abandon 70% of the World's known oil reserves to a nuclear armed Iran. In addition, for those who use abortion as a litmus test, a Hillary White House would pack every vacancy in the Supreme Court with Ruth Ginsburg clones and keep late term abortion as the U.S. law of the land for decades to come.
Come November 2008, I would be extremely surprised if Giuliani is not the Republican candidate. At that time, I will not stay home and I will vote for Giuliani to ensure that the next President will not surrender America's vital interests in the Persian Gulf and will not pack the Supreme Court with Ruth Ginsburg clones.
Those who want to stay home or throw their vote away in a protest vote have a First Amendment right to do so but they will have hurt America with their political irrelevance just as Bush has hurt America by choosing to be politically irrelevant.
And a Giuliani White House wouldn't?
No thanks. You present some good points about the election being affected by events of the recent past, but I don't see that as being so inevitable that I'm going to just lay down my sword without a fight.
If he would run, I think that Fred Thompson could have the charisma to pull a lot of those sheeple votes without demoralizing the base the way Giuliani at the head of the ticket would.
Tom Friedman, whom I usually scorn for his relentlessly adolescent writing, made the point:
George Bush has lost the PR war to a bunch of people who blow up emergency rooms.
Hoping to get Hillary in the White house so that a Conservative is elected in 2012...
That's more of a suicide pact than an actual strategy. Excuse me, but I'm going to go drink an entire bottle of wine now. Cheers...