Originally posted by mchill
I've never seen anything like this. The two most unpopular candidates of all time manage to become their party's nominees for President. One would think the two most popular candidates would have that honor. This is very confusing. How did something like this happen?
Clinton had the advantage of name recognition over Bernie. She's been in the public eye for three decades, had an immensely popular husband as president, worked under another well-liked president in Obama, and has the backing of feminists who want to see a female president. That's in addition to being the senator of a N.Y., a more high-profile state, and having the backing of Wall Street. So while Clinton isn't necessarily more "liked" than Sanders, she's certainly more popular, than an "old white man" who was only in the public spotlight over the past election year.
Trump's name-recognition needs no introduction. He also ran against candidates who were extremely unpopular for various reasons. Cruz seems to be the most disliked man in his party, Christie has the reputation of bully with a few unpopular decisions (like stopping a measure that would've made the treatment of caged pigs more humane). Ben Carson is weirdo who appeared to be sleepwalking and apparently lied about how violent he was, and Fiorina is a woman (come on, this is the GOP). Jeb not only seemed unsure of himself but is the the brother GW, (maybe the most hated president of all time). Kasich, the most balanced candidate, didn't make enough noise in glorified spitting match that was the GOP primaries. Meanwhile, Trump came right out and said what many Republicans pretend they aren't; that seemed refreshing to many conservatives.
So ultimately, it's not really a mystery as to how we got here. I think Americana needs to stop pretending we're not a nation of morons. That's the first step toward recovery.