Yeah, I'm afraid I must confess that my country probably elected a Republican again. (I say probably because the computerized voting machines in Ohio were awfully fishy, but never mind that.) Kerry would have been a good domestic president, would've been far more palatable to the rest of the world, and his foreign policy would have been better too, (although neither Dems nor Republicans have ever been really good at foreign policy, honestly). Only trouble is, his campaign was mediocre. The press didn't give him much of a chance to establish a coherent message, but he didn't do himself any favors either. The whole flip-flop nonsense was based on his Senate record, 'cos in the Senate you have to compromise sometimes to get anything done. Oh yeah, and Kerry's campaign advertisements were wretched, mostly.
Bottom line, America isn't really a conservative nation, it's a nation of moderates who rely on entertainment companies to give them news. And they like really simple messages, and the Republican message is pretty darn simple: God, tax cuts, and fighting terror. The fact that they don't fight terror particularly well, or that their tax cuts only go to the wealthy and drive the nation into deficit, or that they're awful on every other issue, these things just don't seem to phase many Americans. Oh well. There's always 2008.