I never really picked up on that before. Maybe I'm crazy but I find it a little freaky. It's almost as if there is a Bene Gesserit-like group controlling who gets elected and who doesn't, and as a kind of social experiment (or in an attempt to tip the election) they appoint two individuals whose names resemble one that has been drilled into the population's head as evil for the past seven years.
I kind of got a similar feeling back when the Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes the year immediately after Hurricane Katrina. It's almost as if the NHL orchestrated the entire season to make an environmental point, with the whole oil-climate connection.
That or I'm a schizo. Or it's all just Fox News being stupid.