US deserves better than this dirty game
Published 11/10/2016 | 02:30
Politics was never for the effete or the faint-hearted: at its best it is full-blooded, frank and fair; at its worst, it is base, snide and brutish. The American election is fast falling into the latter category; descending into a squalid peep show degrading the dignity of an office that befits the most powerful position in the world.
At first, Donald Trump was dismissed as a boorish diversion, an entertaining buffoon. His durability has confounded the most seasoned commentators but being perpetually controversial guarantees attention. He has allowed the campaign become obnoxious and toxic; his sexism and racial stereotyping trampling the last threads of decency into the ground.
In Sunday night's debate, Hillary Clinton quoted Michelle Obama, saying: "When they go low, we go high." But she too has failed to soar. The parading by Trump of Bill Clinton's former accusers indicated what a dirty game it has become to be the 'leader of the land of the free'. The Trump tapes speak to a rushing undercurrent of misogyny in America. Yet Ms Clinton's exposure to the emails controversy, and her past behaviour in going on the offensive against her husband's accusers when he was president, suggest that she too has questions to answer.