You need to learn your math and history.
G.W. Bush ran for congress and lost in 1978.
He continued drinking and staying out of the spot light for over 10 years. He got a loan from his daddy to start a businees that failed. That happened several times before he bought the Texas Rangers with his daddy's money. His name recognition got him elected in 1994 in the year that republicans were a little more fashionable.
in elected office for Bush.
Ray-gun 1966-75 Gov. 1981-89 President = 16 years
in elected office.
Bill Bradley 1979-97 Senator=18 years
Al Gore 1978-84 US House
1984-92 US Senate
1993-2001 Vice president= 24 years
in public service.
Possible 32 years
if he runs and gets elected in 2004.