Sorry for not replying yesterday, I was taking a politic/ media free day.
Sadly the bum with the most money usually wins. A candidate with fire in the belly and charisma can overcome that. Unfortunately I don't see any of those on the horizon.
To the second part, yes it does and always has so I won't apply any restrictions to the current occupant that others have not been forced to comply with.
I prepared a bumper sticker to share with you for that day.