It was a privilege to spend more than a dozen hours talking to candidates, asking questions that came to mind. We were left wanting for a more focused conversation for the public The history of the editorial board suggests that we would side with the candidate to push the nation forward, within the realities of a constitutional framework and a multiparty country. We are rattled by the weakness of the institutions that we trusted to undergird those values.
Is our democratic system is fundamentally broken? Our elections are getting less free and fair, Congress and the courts are increasingly partisan, foreign nations are flooding society with misinformation, a deluge of money flows through our politics.
'If I were going to go all weak-kneed like the New York Times,' said Bill McKibben, 'I'm not sure I would have picked the day devoted to our most clear-eyed moral leader to do it.'