As we limp through election season, alternately moaning and groaning and kicking and screaming, one thing seems clear above all else-no one is particularly happy about the way things are going. The problems facing the country seem as intractable as they are overwhelming, and there is general agreement that we are at a critical point as a nation. However, polls I conducted around the neighborhood among friends and acquaintances show that no matter whom they end up casting their ballots for, it is a choice made grudgingly at best. What they feel most passionate about is that the current field of candidates simply does not measure up.
As a friend was moved to state: “The front-runners look more like shipwreck victims who have washed up on the beach than sure-handed captains of the ship of state.” As a result, a make-the-best-of-it mood has gripped voters. Not exactly what you would call a ringing endorsement of the options offered up by our vaunted two-party system.