Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have nailed down the crown jewel of the New York primary, we’re one furious contest closer to the end of this presidential election campaign spectacle. But, honestly, we’ve known for months now where this was all headed.
The only real question has been … why should we elect either candidate?
To claim, as many news outlets are, that the American voters are disengaged from the process and displeased with the candidates is a journalistic cop out. Americans have stayed away from the voting booths and complained about the candidates for decades now.
The problem isn’t the quality of candidates or the voting process, it’s the American people. Far too many, which is now making up the majority, wouldn’t cast a vote in an election unless they were paid — and that’s what is being done in some communities. If the average voter were asked to describe the best possible candidate for this country’s top position who would earn their vote, they couldn’t do it — it’s much easier to just complain than it is to make an informed decision.
In a nutshell, if it’s not easy to do, Americans aren’t interested.
A poll released by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal recently showed that 68 percent of American voters couldn’t imagine themselves casting a vote in the general election for Trump, while 58 percent said the same about Clinton.
A much, much higher percentage of voters viewed these candidates unfavorably than favorably.
OK, so Trump and Clinton may not be the ideal candidates to square off in November for the White House. What’s new? There probably hasn’t been a rock-solid presidential ticket since Reagan-Bush, and nobody could have predicted just how good Reagan’s eight years would be when the initial campaign was in full swing.
But come November, voters are going to be forced to make a decision — and more than likely, it will be another case of the minority deciding for the majority.
Should it be Trump? His advantage may be that he’s a pure businessman and not a politician. That’s also his disadvantage. He’s crude, rude and bumptious — which may be OK if he’s dealing with the likes of Vladimir Putin, but not so much when dealing with Congress. He has incredible financial smarts, but is politically challenged.
Should it be Clinton? Her advantage may be that she is Bill’s wife, privy to his experience running the country and having access to all the contacts that came with it. But she hasn’t yet shown she’s any kind of leader and, in fact, has botched a number of big issues along the way as a senator and secretary of state.
This cross-country race still has a ways to go before the Democrats and Republicans hold their conventions to officially name a presidential nominee, so a lot may still happen. One of the bigger events could be who Trump and Clinton tap as a running mate.
Perhaps that will make America’s decision easier. But we still think November’s winner will get 52 percent of the 44 percent of registered voters in the country — which is less than 50 percent of those who are actually eligible to register to vote.
Woebegone hardly covers that equation.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)