If President Bush wins, it will be interesting to see what happens to the nature of anti-Americanism in other parts of the world. At the moment, surveys are reporting that Americans themselves are not unpopular, although the present Administration is widely despised. How would that change if the Americans seemed to take the decision to approve of Bush, after all the (perceived) bad things he has done?

Hunter S Thompson makes the same point:

The question this year is not whether President Bush is acting more
and more like the head of a fascist government but if the American
people want it that way. That is what this election is all about…