If you see yourself as a proponent of the "He isn't Bush" option, then how is not possible that at least some American voters are simply even less comfortable with Kerry than Bush?
I'm not sure what your point is, I'm saying I believe there are people who could run America better than either Bush/Kerry, however we all know what you get with Bush, hence why I would vote for anyone but Bush - it simply could not get any worse whoever you voted for in my opinion. Kerry has shown that he does not intend to keep running America the way Bush did - with Kerry you pretty much knew there would not be another new war or two in the next 4 years, I can honestly say I'll be extremely surprised if Bush doesn't manage to persuade the world to invade another country within this next term. Before anyone tries to jump on me for this comment, wait for now, and reply to this topic in 4 years - lets see what the world looks like then.
But, as usual (at least in my experience over the years), plain ordinary Americans, when faced with a choice, cannot win, cannot make the right choice. We're all (well, at least a majority of us) mindless drones of the religious right, or war mongers, or uninformed, or environmentally indifferent, or whatever. Or, in years passed, we were too isolationist ... on it goes.
I sort of see what you're getting at here, but I think it does help to wonder why the world outside of America looks at America/Bush in the way that it does. over 50% of voters in America have voted for a man who has appealed to the mindless drones of the religious right, is a war monger, lies to his own nation and his allies, and doesn't care about the environment. I just don't understand how anyone can vote for this guy, whatever issues you have with the other guy.
Well, I'll have to go out today and see if any of my fellow citizens are dancing in the streets. A few might, but I suspect not many will. We as a people have a tough road ahead, no matter who wins the election, and whatever we do as a people, we will have our critics. At least a lot of us voted, but who's counting?
It's great that so many people voted, but that is why as an outsider I am so surprised, and again comes to the bit that people outside of the US cannot understand - why have so many people come out to support Bush, other than for the sterotype anti-american's reasons that you've listed in your post?