An old joke of politics is that if “none of the above” were an actual ballot choice, many candidates for public office would never make it to office.
Nevada actually offers a choice of “None of These Candidates” as a ballot option for selected public offices.
Nevada added “None of these candidates” to the ballots in 1975. Since then, the “nobody” option out-polled candidates in four elections: a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary; a 1978 Republican Congressional primary; a 1978 Republican Secretary of State primary and a 1976 at-large Republican Congressional primary.
Sadly, rejection is not binding. It can show dissatisfaction but it cannot prohibit an actual person from winning the contest by finishing second to “none of these candidates” and getting the victory.
This year, with two Presidential candidates getting disapproval ratings well over 50 percent, more and more voters wish there was a binding “none of the above” offering nationally.
Flamboyant and egomaniacal billionaire Donald Trump, a former “reality show” host caught in too many lies to mention, clinched the GOP nomination for President this week.
He is set to compete for the job with Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State who is less than loved by most voters and came under first even more this week with a blistering Inspector General’s report on her misuse of a private email server while serving as the country’s top diplomat for President Barack Obama.
The IG report stopped short of saying Clinton broke the law by routing her email through a private server and not the one controlled by the government it did say the bypassed regulations and showed incredibly poor judgment by using her own equipment to handle confidential and top-secret materials.
A separate investigation by the Department of Justice is expected to say Clinton broke the rules but did not break the law.
The situation shows disregard for rules of her office and the expected protocol of a Secretary of State. Clinton also lied when she claimed someone in authority has “approved” her use of the private server. The IG investigation could not find her ever seeking formal approval or getting it. She just did it, on her own.
Polls show a majority of voters distrust both Clinton and Trump. Most feel both lie more than they tell the truth.
Trump, investigations show, lies regularly about his claims of wealth, posed as “spokesmen” to praise himself in interviews, and lied when he claimed he would release his tax returns (and offers excuses that don’t prove to be true either). Such lies are just the tip of the iceberg.
Fact-checking services used to correct false information provided by candidates, say Trump is “far and away” the most prolific liar in political history.
He is thrice-married, admit a life of adultery and gleeful debauchery, is under investigation for bilking students of his “Trump University” and fights with federal, state and local governments over his evasion of the law and rules on many fronts.
Clinton lied about “being under fire” on a tripe into a hot zone and, many believe, either ignored or claimed ignorance for the dalliances of her former President husband.
She has been caught many times by the fact-checking services.
What’s the answer?
Ideally, “none of the above.”
Realistically: The dog with the fewer fleas — if one exists in this incredible and disastrous Presidential campaign.