By the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, ChicagoTribune.com, July 6th, 2016:
In the best of all possible worlds, the U.S. presidential election would feature a pair of candidates who don’t engage in juvenile insults or racially charged rhetoric, don’t provoke the Federal Bureau of Investigation to offer proof of serial dishonesty and have no history of bankruptcy or complicity in White House scandals. Ideally, these two nominees would distinguish themselves with their integrity, coherent policy views and ability to address important issues in fresh, substantive and truthful ways.
Millions of Americans have been queasy contemplating the choice of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. You may think voters are never happy with their options — was anyone thrilled by John Kerry vs. George W. Bush in 2004? — but this year is notably worse than the norm. The sorry arc of Trump’s bloviation, and now the FBI’s detailed demolition of Clinton’s repeated untruths about her recklessness with classified U.S. information, only compound the plight of many American voters.