I can’t stand it. This election has reached a stage where, for me at least, the sheer shallowness of the campaign and coverage has become so sickening that I can barely stand reading election news any more. All we seem to see and read about are surrogates trash talking in the media and getting smacked down in turn by the online commentariat. Even the comedians are losing their appeal for me which is the real sign that I am just sick of it all
The debates are being hyped as the next big thing, possibly game-changing events. But why? Why does it matter if the president is a good debater, a skill that merely showcases verbal fluency and quick-wittedness? Those are useful skills but what I want from a president is thoughtfulness, principles, and a strong commitment to justice for all. You will not learn any of that from the debates. Donald Trump will brazenly lie and make wild allegations about and anyone and anything especially Hillary Clinton, while the media will fixate on Clinton’s clothes and demeanor and laugh and make a huge issue of even the smallest slip that she makes, while largely treating Trump’s outrageous statements as merely what they expected. The debates have become exercises where the candidates talk less to the voters and more to impress the talking heads who will then prattle endlessly about who won and lost and portentously tell us What It All Means.
I am not usually so fed up about elections. I do not recall being this disheartened in past elections. Maybe it is because even though I hope Clinton will win, that is mainly because I can’t bear the thought of Trump winning. I simply cannot whip up any kind of enthusiasm for a Clinton presidency, the way I had for the first election of Barack Obama, though that did not last long and had dissipated by the time of his second election.
I think that I pretty much know what each candidate stands for and whom I am going to vote for and I really doubt that anything new is going to emerge that will change my mind. I wish the election were tomorrow so we could be done with this farce. It is incredible to me that the US has such a long, expensive, and drawn out process that sheds so little light on important questions.
It is possible that I am too old and have seen too many elections and have become jaded about the process.