The electoral climate has created a sort of affirmative action for the Presidency of the United States, since Clinton stole the first George Bush’s second term. The beginning of the death of the establishment candidate. I’m not one to trumpet the establishment candidate but it certainly was the end of people working across the aisle to accomplish what’s best for the country. Now we have men who have little to no time in government. Seem like you had to be either or U.S. Senator to be a candidate. There is no magic formula to politics.
Since Clinton we’ve had Bush number 2 then Obama and Trump. Between Obama and Trump less than a decade in government. And they’ve got people looking at the country as the fall of Rome. If we were in some moderating environment it is possible we would have better candidates. Even when candidates are from the same party they bring out the worst of their competitor to make themselves look better. Certainly we could have done without a Bush 2 second term allowing him to flush the economy down the toilet. And dumping two wars into the lap of the next president. However a Kerry/Edwards ticket would have been as ugly as what we have now without the Russians. Now we have a basketball for a President like a Saturday Night Live sketch if I still watched it.
There is a reckoning happening and everyone from White Supremacists to tree huggers want a change in the system Donald Trump called rigged. Better candidates or more options like a parliamentary system where a coalition government must be created in order for a candidate to take office. This isn’t the lame Division 1 college football playoff system with a need for a definite 1 versus 2. Unlike the college playoffs there is likely to be an outlier taking votes from a candidate. Change the system, change the outcome. That blacks and Latinos are dues paying members of the Democratic party who rely on these people staying poor to have a platform.