Forgive me for quoting someone I hate.
W said to Pootie-poote: "Democracies have certain things in common -- a rule of law and protection of minorities and a free press and a viable political opposition."
Hmmm, let's see... I suppose the US has a rule of law, but so much of that law is abhorrent to me, and whole sections of it are routinely ignored. And I suppose there is some limited protection of minorities, although that would mean America became a democracy post-1964, at best.
That's about all I can come up with. Good thing he didn't list free and fair elections.