What the record really shows is just how much the fate of the Presidency is governed by the vagaries of chance.
He ran as a moderate—a pro-choicer, for example—and governed pretty much in that mold.
Politics has ceased to become set of opinions about how the country should be governed, and started to become who you are.
late 13c., from Old French governer (11c., Modern French gouverner) "govern," from Latin gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern" (cf. Spanish gobernar, Italian governare), originally "to steer," a nautical borrowing from Greek kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the root of cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Related: Governed; governing.