We COULD Do Worse Than These Two. Right?
Trump is known for the “art of the deal,” an art that as often as not comes down to using bankruptcy laws to screw his partners and investors while he keeps getting paid. Hillary takes Mandarin opacity to glorious new extremes. From hiding subpoenaed law firm records to lying about why Americans died in Benghazi with their corpses behind her and their grieving families in front of her, she is a heartless ghoul and a cover-up artist without peer.
Trump gets himself into trouble by trolling the media and Hillary over her illegal email server and dangerous mishandling of classified information. But Hillary actually used the illegal server, with the obvious intent of skirting freedom of information laws so she could hide her doings and the operations of the Clinton criminal Foundation from the public -- which might ask about all that -- and the media, which we all know never, ever will.
Trump's core argument for being president comes down to a string of absurdities. He'll make Mexico pay for a wall to be built in the middle of a river, he'll fix everything that's bad (but don't ask him for a plan!), and he’ll wipe out terrorists while being resolutely anti-war.
Hillary's core argument comes down to “First Woman President Yay!” atop a party that now thinks gender is entirely fluid and not biological, and “competency!” which does not extend to how she actually performed in every job she has ever had, as she has always performed miserably. She was a lousy senator. She was a terrifying secretary of State. She would be a horrible president.
These are two awful people who could only beat each other. Their respective ascents are evidence that the nation has gone morally bankrupt. They are evidence that character does not matter.
But … could we do worse?
No. We could not.
Well, maybe if we pulled two convicts out of maximum security prison and nominated them. But convicted felons might have a contrition that lifelong scofflaws like Trump and Hillary will never know.
Otherwise, adjusting for the Kim Jong Un's of the world ... no, America. We could not do worse.
One of them will be president in a few months anyway.