Every day on Twitter, the New York Times’ Ashley Parker counts down the days until this election is over. Like this.
The implication is obvious. This presidential election has been, more so than even past national races, a total nightmare. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two least popular presidential nominees in modern history. The campaign has been almost totally devoid of issues, focusing instead on emails, sexual assault allegations and whether Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination plot against John Kennedy.
But what’s lost in all of the if-we-can-just-survive-the-next-12-days mindset is that the postelection political environment will be as bad — if not worse — than the current one. In short: If you hate politics now, just wait.