Why was George W. Bush the only Republican elected President since 1992?

His father the elder George Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis in a landslide in 1988 but lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. George W. himself was elected President twice (2000 and 2004) although his majorities in the Electoral College were both under 300 electoral votes, and in 2000 he actually trailed Al Gore in the popular vote. Bush Sr., Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney all won the GOP nomination and lost at least once to the Democratic Party nominee.

Contrast this with the six presidential elections from 1968 to 1988, and virtually every Democratic nominee (Hubert Humphrey, Geirge McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis) suffered a landslide defeat in the Electoral College (Carter was elected in 1976, but lost in 1980).

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  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because America is changing tremendously.

    With the Internet, GOP presidential candidates can no longer spew lies to us and expect us to believe them.

    America is now able to look up those lies, bring up videos, and see exactly what a candidate said or didn't say.

  • JC
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    In the context of your additional comments, from the end of the Great Depression until the 1960s liberal agendas and programs dominated federal policy and the imbalance between the programs favoring the middle class vs. the revenue to do so coming from the wealthy created economic and social issues which lead to the emergence of conservative economic and social policies championed by Ronald Reagan via supply side and what came to be known as 'trickle down' economic theory.

    Although Supply Side economic theory has a place in economic managegment, just as 'Demand Side' policies such as were supported by the liberals, adherance to either one theory or the other for too long creates imbalance. Supply Side, pursued too long after the emergence of the right into political power, rapidly shifted wealth away from the middle class to the wealthy elite; the majority of the voters have seen the outcome of the policies the Republican Party still wants to pursue and has rejected that at the polls. The GOP still hasn't gotten the idea that the vast majority of the population favors the balanced approach of spending cuts coupled with increased taxes on the wealthiest in this country. Frankly, until the party comes around the only way they are going to maintain any kind of power is through the support of the people who favor extending tax breaks to the wealthy...are the wealthy. And the people who believe that the tax breaks have created more and better jobs for the middle class, which was the point of the tax breaks that the right and the wealthy said were needed.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Recall, in 2000 Al gore obtained extra votes than Bush, but on the time the tuition used to be in desire of the Republicans so due to the closeness of the election Bush obtained in. In 2016 it is going to be in the Dems desire. To get into the white apartment the republicans will ought to win the trendy vote. They have best carried out this once due to the fact 1988. And the polls say Clinton beats all of the competitors.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Why did you choose 1992? In the last half century, presidential elections have been cyclical.

    1953 -2 terms GOP, Eisenhower

    1961 - 2 terms Dem, Kennedy/Johnson

    1969 - 2 terms GOP, Nixon/Ford

    1977 - 1 term Dem, Carter, the anomaly

    1981 - 3 terms, GOP, Reagan/Bushwick

    1993 - 2 terms Dem, Clinton

    2001 - 2 terms GOP, Bush

    2009 - 2 terms, Obama reelected

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  • 8 years ago

    What does the voting numbers really mean? They win as long as they have the electoral votes, what does that tell you? Different generations want different things, times change but it's been pretty much republican, democrat, republican, democrat. Besides both sides claim the one who won cheated and shouldn't be in office so who really wins?

  • Pete
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    I just don't see your point with this question. Before Clinton (D) there was Reagan and Bush, (R) then clinton, then Bush (R), now Obama (D) so the two parties are both well represented. There has only been Obama since the last republican elected so the disparity is hardly noteworthy at this point.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It is just like the AFC and NFC. For some periods the NFC wins more Super Bowls and for some periods the AFC wins more. In the 1990's it was almost all NFC until 1998 and other periods it was more AFC. The same is true in presidential races, it is just a cycle.

  • 8 years ago

    George W. did not win the 2000 presidential election. He was chosen by the conservative bastard judges on the U.S. Supreme Court. Something they said they will never do again, just wait and see what they do to the Voting Rights Act.

  • Mike
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Times change.

    What an odd question this is. You are talking about a time span that only includes 3 presidents.

  • 8 years ago

    Because Clinton and Obama were more appealing to voters than their Republican opponents were.

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