I love this column by David Swanson, a former staffer for the Dennis Kucinich campaign. He argues that we lost the election largely because John Kerry was a boring, uninspiring candidate (which, frankly, he was). He grew on me in the last month of two, but that's because I'm a zealot. His initial impression is fairly aloof and a touch too shrewd.
Who to blame for John Kerry? Iowa!
And how to ensure we don't nominate another Beltway-blessed 'electable' and 'respectable' candidate? Move to Iowa!
It's a good read.