I believe it is effectively impossible to measure the degree to which Palin was unqualified to be on that ticket. It's mind-boggling.
He wasn't as bad as Cheney.
Seriously, though, it's an absolute fact that the President has a lot less power than we all imagine. Disaster after disaster happened under Bush, and I'm not talking about "scandals" like Benghazi or the IRS - if you consider those to be legitimate scandals, I won't argue with you. But imagine 9/11 happening in 2011, or the initial bailouts happening under Obama, or the Iraq weapons of mass destruction debacle happening under Obama. Lying about the cause of Benghazi versus lying about the cause of an all out war. These things are barely comparable, the latter being so, so, so much worse.
It's always politics as usual in Washington. Congressmen porking up bills for their constituents, paying favors back and forth, turning a blind eye to corruption. Corporations and their lobbyists pulling the strings. Incompetent bureaucrats bungling everything they touch. Our system has been overwrought with inefficiency, corporatism, and favoritism. Not to mention the nepotism. The failings of Obama and Bush are systematic failings that usually start in the legislative branch and end in the judicial branch. The executive branch is just the middle man in all this mayhem and incompetence.
Being a great president means increasing efficiency, decreasing inefficiency, and focusing on common sense solutions that help more people than they hurt. I think Obama is a better president because he at least tries to focus on common sense solutions that help more people than they hurt. But Bush and Obama are doomed to be remembered as presidents that failed to increase efficiency and decrease inefficiency and probably presidents who did more harm than good on both measures.
A working class hero is something to be