This is no time for nihilism or defeatism. As this blog will spend a fair amount of time bashing all the candidates currently running for President, I should make this clear: The country has muddled through worse, and all the current candidates have something to recommend them.
The problem is, on the GOP side supporters of allof the original five or so original candidates had the suspicion that we could have done better. As for the Dems, I suggest if the Clinton machine does in Obama you will see an eruption the American Right is unable to muster.
The first step I think we need to take to begin solving this problem is changing our Byzantine and financially ruinous primary scheme. The best thing we can do now, it seems to me, is to encourage all remaining primary voters to find a way to select “uncommitted” or “none of the above” on their presidential primary ballots.