From Smirking Chimp via Daou:
Many things are uncertain in George W. Bush's second term including the Iraq war, investigations of fraudulent pre-war intelligence, questions on Karl Rove outing a CIA agent, the shaky economy and horribly diminished U.S. reputation and credibility in the world.
But there's one thing that should not be doubted: George W. Bush will always carry a stain of illegitimacy and, as much as I dislike feeling so alienated from our national leadership, he most assuredly will never be my president.
Conservatives like to chalk this up to sour grapes and consider us people who cannot be graceful in defeat. But that's a childish and oversimplified way of dismissing the actions by which Bush became president. I was not a happy young Democrat when Ronald Reagan won the 1980 and 1984 elections ... But I could live with those losses because, no matter how unpalatable, they were indeed losses ... I've never met a Democrat who believes that Reagan and W's father didn't actually win those elections.
On the other hand, it's needle-in-a-haystack work finding a Democrat who believes George W. Bush truly won the 2000 election and a good number of people believe that he lost in 2004 as well.
...Ultimately, I told the few Republicans I could actually speak to after the 2000 election that, in the quiet of night, when they can't sleep, they know one truth: If the Florida presidential election had been declared null and void and every voter who cast a ballot on election day could vote again -- and valid voters who were disenfranchised were allowed to vote – George W. Bush would never have become president. If the true intent of every Florida voter could have been magically divined, we would live in a much better America today.
We know it and they know it.
And, no matter how you view Ohio's disputed 2004 results, Dubya received the gift of a lifetime on September 11, has milked that tragic day ad nauseam and rode the fake patriotism further engendered by his war with Iraq to a wartime-president win in the last election.
Couple that, with the 2000 election theft, and he is arguably the least legitimate president to ever hold office.