just before falling asleep last night the similarity hit me.
in 2000 the ever-moral Al Gore basically refused to allow Bill Clinton to campaign for him. [a very large mistake in my opinion.]
in 2008 John McCain is not letting George Bush campaign for him.
both men fear/feared the influence of a negative slant their campaigns might have/had by using help from Bush and Clinton.
to not use two of the most successful politicians in recent history was a shame in former case and for the best in the present case.
let's hope that this helps McCain from being elected.