I’m sure this has been noted by others, but I’ve just realised that Americans are living in 1972.
The decade of peace, prosperity and idealism is dead; the US is embroiled in a war that’s probably the most divisive it’s ever been on the home front.
Occupying the presidency is a disgraceful crook, whose vice-president and other cronies are even worse, and whose administration is already being investigated for a wide array of crimes and stupidities.
The Democratic presidential candidate, who anyone sensible would support at the drop of a hat, is dismissed as naive and incapable of winning the – largely manufactured – “war”.
While a large community  of non-mainstream journalists, readers and commentators are well aware of the president’s unsuitability for his office, the mainstream media hasn’t (yet) summoned up the bravery to investigate his misdeeds properly.
So… on the minus side, Bush will win in November. On the plus side, his corruption will finally catch up with him and dog his second term; Cheney will be forced to resign in October 2005 to be replaced by Tom DeLay; and Bush will follow suit in August 2006. The DeLay administration will achieve next-to-nothing over the following two years, and Phil Bredesen  will emerge from nowhere to become Democrat president in the 2008 election.
Britain appears not to be living in 1972, other than with reference to the mysterious success of The Darkness. This is probably Just As Well.
 1972: alternative print outlets; 2004: web.
 The present governor of Georgia is a Republican; Tennessee is a similar-ish venue run by a Democrat.