For once the Washington Post editorial board doesn’t come across like the pompous asses that often distinguishes their pronouncements.
“This election,” a spokesman for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Thursday, “remains a dumpster fire.” Well, yes, the two major-party candidates for president are historically unpopular. But if this election is unusually bad, it is not because both parties chose bad candidates. There is no equivalence between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — as even responsible Republicans should be able to recognize.
Therein follows a listing of the stark contrasts between Ms. Clinton’s record as First Lady, Senator from New York, and as Secretary of State, including her stumbles, and Mr. Trump’s bigotry, invective, and utter lack of knowledge of how this country works that could be acquired by watching Schoolhouse Rock videos.
Mr. Sasse has proved to be a rare Republican official with the moral courage to speak as honestly about Mr. Trump after he clinched the nomination as he did before. It’s not surprising that the senator would want to dismiss the whole campaign as a mess, and we don’t doubt that he genuinely fears the direction in which Ms. Clinton would lead the nation.
But to equate the two candidates as indistinguishably unqualified products of a rigged or failed system only feeds public cynicism while blurring distinctions that should not be blurred. Ms. Clinton is a politician, long in the arena, whom you may or may not support. Mr. Trump is a danger to the republic.
In other words, you may not like her, but he’s gonna kill us.