links and :hover in IE8

Check the list below. Hover over the link text and also within the whole link box. Does that ring a bell? ;-)
In the old days, fixing this issue was a simple matter of giving a layout to the A elements...

We cannot rely on "hasLayout" anymore, but the old "position:relative" works! (see below)
Note that styling the UL's (not the LI's) background does the trick too.
If there was no background set on the As then the whole box would be "hot", but the background would flicker.