“Clinton hides, Trump slides, the republic subsides”

A common view of the US presidential contest is that it is a question of who is the worst candidate rather than who is the best.

‘The Plain Dealer’ Kevin O’Brien leans towards the worst views.

Clinton hides, Trump slides, the republic subsides

This may go down in history as the presidential election that made everyone angry. That, at least, would offer some hope that Americans’ taste in presidential candidates might be redeemable.

For now, though, all is bleak. The crook keeps proving more unabashedly crooked and the flake just keeps getting flakier.

On Clinton:

There’s no new lesson to learn from plumbing the depths of Hillary Clinton’s corruption or marveling at the heights of her mendacity. She’s as dirty as the day is long, and has been since the day she wriggled out of the Arkansas mud to become a public figure. This we knew.

All we’re getting now are more accurate readings of how low she has gone.

Don’t get your hopes up. As it always does, with a Democrat-friendly news media and a national attention span well short of a gnat’s, the Clinton strategy will work.

Deny. Dissemble. Delay. Dismiss.

But Trump is chump.

Last week, I wrote that if Donald Trump would just focus on immigration policy, his nose-diving campaign might recover.

He took the advice — only coincidentally, of course. And, as is his custom when good sense rears its long-forgotten head, he took it in the wrong direction.

That “deportation force” Trump talked about for months? Naw.

He now says immigration laws are fine the way they are, and he’ll just keep doing what Bush and Obama have done.

The best summation I saw came from Forbes.com contributor Josh Jordan on Twitter: “Aren’t all of you Trump supporters so happy that you threw away the White House on a guy that has no convictions? Great job.”

O’Brien may have a bit more extreme views than most but many tend towards this bleak outlook.

Perhaps whichever one ends up not losing will turn out to be a great president and they will unite Congress and the Senate to achieve some marvellous things for the United States of America and for the World.

Or the dollar democracy will continue to devalue.