So really the question is what happens to that Scalia vacancy.
Republicans are already talking about how they would handle that issue in the event of a Clinton presidency: They'll just refuse to confirm any Clinton nominee and will leave the court stymied at 4-4. Democrats, even if they narrowly lose the Senate thanks to Clinton's corruption and lack-of-trust issues, should agree to do the same if Trump wins. They should also pick up where Republicans left off, blocking most federal judicial appointments unless Trump were to offer up a genuine, non-ideological nominee.
So there you have it. The answer to being presented by the two major parties with a choice between two genuine evils is not to vote for the lesser of those evils, but to reject them both. And if you're on the left like me, that means enthusiastically voting for Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.
Sure Stein has no hope of winning this election, but if she were to get 5% of the vote, that would mean next time around the Greens would receive federal matching funds from the get go. In many states, that level of support would also mean easy access to a ballot line, obviating the need to devote massive amounts of volunteer time and scarce resources to fighting to get signatures and to get those signatures accepted just to get on the ballot.
I don't find this choice agonizing or hard at all. If principles matter at all, and they must, then no one claiming to live by principles can vote for a candidate as ethically flawed as Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, if your friends complain that by not backing her you're handing the election to Donald Trump, just tell them, "No, it's the corrupt Democratic National Committee and the corrupted union leaders and some of the corrupted minority leaders who orchestrated the outcome of the Democratic primary campaign, falsely maligning the character and political history of Clinton's opponent Bernie Sanders, and offering us instead this fatally flawed candidate.
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