The Weakest Field Ever?

Scott Galupo looks back at "hobbled incumbent presidents and their opponents":

[T]he weak-versus-weak phenomenon might have less to do with Obama (who, a short while ago, was an extraordinarily popular figure) and Romney (who, in the pre-Tea Party era, might have seemed a much stronger candidate) and more to do with other, exogenous factors: the economy, most obviously; the sharp ideological divisions of the electorate; the frenzied media culture that seems to magnify such divisions and, on a human level, create many more opportunities for embarrassing gaffes than existed just a generation ago.