While bombastic, self-promoting billionaire (who might not even be worth one billion) Donald J. Trump is arguably the worst Presidential candidate in history (or at least in modern times), many voters believe former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is almost as bad.
The two candidates rank as the most unpopular contenders for the Presidency ever foisted on those of us who need to make a selection in November.
But why don’t we have another offer? A ballot choice called “None of the Above” with the proviso that if none of the above gets more votes than any candidate then nobody is elected and we must start over with new, different candidates.
Nevada offers a variation on its ballots — “None of These Candidates” — but the vote only shows the level of distaste for voters. If “none of these candidates” wins, the actual candidate who finishes second is still considered the winner and is elected.
Too bad. We have to wonder how many Presidents in history would have been only footnotes if “None of the Above” were on the ballot and prevailed as the actual, binding selection by voters.
Some election watchers this year think Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, might climb out of the depths of current polls to — if nothing else — draws enough votes to serve as a spoiler.
The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch wrote last weekend that it did not feel Trump or Clinton were worth selection by voters and endorsed Johnson — the first daily newspaper to break ranks and say “nada” to the two major parties.
The TD was the flagship paper of the old Media General chain that was hardcore Republican and conservative. In Virginia’s last gubernatorial election, it said neither Democrat Terry McAuliffe or Republican Ken Cuccinelli were up to the job and refused to endorse anyone.
The newspaper is now owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, who supports Clinton but leave editorial decisions up to the newspapers themselves.
As happens in today’s blinder-driven political world, those who don’t like criticism of their candidate lash out at the author of such commentaries and declare them a tool of the opposition. When I write about the failings of Trump, much of the commentary comes from those who call me a liberal or a “Democratic whore.”
They, of course, ignore past columns that have raked Clinton over the coals or this news site’s history of criticizing many of the actions of her husband, Bill Clinton, when served in the Oval Office and used it for his sexual dalliances.
Shallowness, sadly, is a byproduct of a society where people assume too much and forget the old axiom that those who “assume” forget that the word is composed of making an “ass” out of “u” and “me. ”
In more than a half-century of reporting, I covered my first Presidential nominating convention in Chicago in 1968 and have reported on Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama. During those five decades, I have not seen a more disgusting political debacle as Campaign 2016.
Much of my personal disgust is with Trump. He is, at best, a con man with no experience in any of the areas needed to be a nation’s leader. As a business, he is more boast than fact — a man who began his real estate business with 22 million of inherited money from his father and the luck to do so in the boom years of buying and selling property. His business losses are huge, his bankruptcies disturbing and his constant lying and exaggerations a telltale sign of a showoff with more talk than accomplishment.
Trump thrives by putting investors in his projects in the poorhouse and leaves a growing trail of vendors who worked on his projects and have to go to court to try and collect.
He’s a liar and a cheat who tops even the normal connivers of the political universe.
Clinton has enough skeletons to fill several closets but at least has experience on her side.
At this point, however, I cannot say who, if anyone, will get my vote. It won’t go to Trump, that is the only certainty in this election.
In this Presidential election year, it is hard to say who might win in November.
But the loser will be this country and those of us who live in it.
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