"So, crooked Hillary vs. crooked Donald? Clinton's not great, but she knows how shit works in DC"
Maybe that's the problem.
There should be less career politicians. The longer they're in power, the more likely it is they will establishment corrupt relationships that screw over the little people and create crony capitalism.
"and its clear that she's both smart and has an interest in governing effectively,"
Yes, I'm sure she is, a shame she doesn't use that for anything other than expanding her own power.
"if only to preserve her legacy."
Which is an absolute failure on every single level, especially on foreign policy which matters the most.
To be fair, Bush was just as much of a blunder. Obama as well. Hillary will be third term Obama. Everyone in the establishment has completely failed on every single level it is possible to fail on in foreign policy in the last 15 years, not because they're war hawks, it's actually the opposite, they're too PC to admit that Islam is the problem and it needs to be either reformed or contained.
When you start off with false premises (Islam is peace) your conclusions are likely to be wrong as well. It wasn't Saddam (a secular Ba'athist and nominal Muslim), it wasn't "poverty", it wasn't Israel's treatment of Palestinians, it wasn't Assad (another Ba'athist and nominally Muslim), it wasn't Gaddafi (Libya is worse off without him) or Mubarak or Sisi or whoever. They opposed all the wrong forces but didn't do anything about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt (General Sisi stopped them) or plotting sedition in the US, anything about Saudi Arabia and their ideological subversion in Saudi funded mosques worldwide, anything good about Iran but a shitty deal that gives them access to billions of dollars so they can continue to fund terror groups.
So when you say "her legacy" I don't know wtf you're talking about? Her reckless handling of classified info through a personal server she should have know wasn't secure? Her support of NAFTA, the worst trade deal that shipped jobs to third world dictatorships? Her taking bribes effectively through the Clinton Foundation from foreign entities? Yeah! Great things!
"Plus the Democratic party's ideals are superior to the Republican party's ideals in most respects."
The current Democratic ideals are to move the economic system closer and closer to socialism. They never stop. Every year they propose bigger and bigger government and when it fails, they propose even bigger government.
The Republican ideals are freedom to start your own business with minimal government interference. Freedom from excessive taxation and regulation. Freedom to keep the vast majority of your earnings.
Which is better?
"Trump is both greedy and shortsighted."
No, the left is shortsighted. They want instant gratification for everyone instead of people having to build their own future through their own efforts and voluntary associations. They want government to be the first resort to your problems, instead of the last, way below personal effort, family, local community, charity etc.
If you want a nice home, the right tells you to work for it, the left thinks you're instantly entitled to one because you exist and therefore other people should be robbed at gunpoint to make it possible or they should be forced to give you a loan even if they don't trust you will pay it back. (That's also how you got a housing bubble and crash by the way.)
"His political positions, to the extent that they are intelligible, are mostly idiotic."
"He lacks any trace of tact or diplomacy."
Okay. I think we need less political correctness and more people telling it like it is.
"He's a liar - much more so than "crooked Hillary". Even worse, his lies are much stupider than her lies."
Okay he's said stupid lies like Cruz's dad probably killed JFK. Number of people affected: ZEROOOOOO, I doubt even Ted cares.
Hillary has made lies to conceal illegal activity in handling classified information. I think that's much worse. She's also lied about Islam being a religion of peace which in my view makes her unqualified to win the war on terror. Nobody who doesn't understand the ideology of AQ and ISIS can defeat them. Know your enemy is the first rule of warfare.
Also Wikileaks pretty much confirms everything we've been saying about her. She truly is a congenital LIAR.
"Finally, the Republican party is the party of religious persecution,"
No, they're just anti-thuggery. Here's the deal, stop being a dumbass, stop committing crime, stop resisting arrest and you won't have a problem with the police regardless of your race. Fuck BLM, there is no evidence to support the theory that they actually care about black lives.
Hillary wants hundreds of thousands of homophobic refugees into the country, many of which are more than willing to kill gays personally or support laws that do. She took 25 million dollars from Saudi Arabia through her foundation. She is as much friend of the gays as a bucket of water is the friend of your lungs.
Because all immigrants always a positive addition to your country right?
Trump isn't a xenophobe, he wants immigration that benefits America rather than benefits immigrants at the expense of America.
And illegal immigration is a felony. They should be thankful they're only being deported and not locked up for several years as well.
Sex change isn't illegal.
"and general bigotry."
No, pattern finding.
"And stupid Donald has been pandering to the worst elements of the US right for years."
Just like stupid Bernie (back when he hadn't lost yet) and stupid Hillary have been pandering to communists. Who do think the commies are supporting? Hillary or Trump? I guess that makes Bernie and Hillary communists.
Remember the hammer and sickle flags of anti-Trump protestors?
If Trump has to denounce the alt-right, racists etc. then Hillary should denounce the far left.
"Even if Trump isn't a fascist himself, he's far too close for comfort."
Even if Hillary isn't an SJW commie herself, she's far too close for comfort.
"His disgusting attitudes toward women are really just icing on the cake."
Pretty sure those women don't care as long as they get his money and get to go on expensive trips on his yacht...
This is typical white knight bullshit. What makes you think the women in his life need your help? Mind your own business.
"And really, it is pretty ridiculous to blame "hookup culture" on the political left and then call all non-far-rightists hypocrits for being offput by Trump's lewd behavior. Newsflash moron: being in favor of sexual freedom isn't the same thing as approving of all sexual conduct."
There's no evidence it was without consent.