eternalwanderer, Welcome to TVNL...maybe you've found a place you'll like and settle down!!!!
One of the reasons the former presidents have never tried to run again, IMHO, is the fact that they make more money keeping that FORMER title. They take their "papers" and write their memoirs. They build their libraries in homage to themselves, they get to play all the golf, do all the fishing, play on the high seas on yachts (their own or their friends') all they want, and they get paid big money just to make a speech at some black-tie gathering. They're still treated by the public as though they're still the White House resident. It's a throwback to our nostalgia for English rule, I guess! Goes back to pre-Revolutionary days!
In the eyes of the country, these men are still "president." It's such a show of "respect," it borders on what other countries give to their royal rulers.
Bush isn't like any of the other presidents, though.
He's an idiot, a power-hungry mongrel who likes to cheat, lie, steal, and kill. We've never had a psychopath for president before. We've never had a president who has been able to get away with breaking laws and stomping on the Constitution like this president has.
Bush has been a failure at everything he's ever tried throughout his entire life, so I don't think he's going to go gently into that good night. I will not be surprised if he doesn't try to pull off some kind of coup that will allow him to stay in power, even for a few more months, after he should've been issued his one way ticket back to Crawford.