Government by the few. Oligarchy.
George Bush is President from 1988 through 1992. Losing, his friends spend a few years identifying someone else to run (after Bob Dole takes his noble run and falls on an electoral sword for the oligarch's cause). The cadre checks the credits of George's progeny, and somehow pick GeorgeW over Jeb. Not sure why, considering that Jeb was already in government as gov of a rather populous state. Being prez of the Texas Rangers rates higher? Whatever.
So the oligarchy surrounds GeorgeW with the right political tacticians, rally the necessary money, and start the conservative juices flowing across the center of the country. The courts lend a fortuitous hand in December 2000 -- and they win. Their boy wins.
I can picture George smiling on that fateful December night when Scalia and the Supremes end the ballot counting and his outflanked opponant concedes. GeorgeW wouldn't even have the presence of mind, or the intellectual capacity, to repeat Robert Redford's character at the end of The Candidate, when he had won his fictional election for governor: 'Now what do we do?'.
All GeorgeW had to do was ask his buddies. The Oligarchs. They know what to do. They would set things up for all their friends over the next 8 years.