It seems elections like our celebration of Christmas begins earlier each time. The 2016 election started when President Obama was reelected in November 2012. In addition to the length we have never watched such a spectacle. The rhetoric and the bombastic style of the Republicans is nothing like any Americans remember in their lives. Most all the Republican debates have disintegrated into blasting the other Republicans are blaming President Obama or Hillary Clinton for almost all the evils of the world. US Republicans have surely forgotten Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican”.
The Democratic debates have centered on how they would address the various issues and pointed to some differences that exist. There was almost no name calling, although the past several debates have become more pointed and did contain some accusations that were not entirely correct.
The positions of all the Republicans and Senator Sanders are extreme and unlikely of ever being completely implemented. One of the major issues is that to win the Primary, especially on the Republican side, you must take a position on most issues so radical that selling your position in the General election becomes a problem.
One consequence of the strong rhetoric and extreme positions could be to energize both sides and produce a record voter turnout. That is about the only positive outcome from what we are seeing in Election 2016.