Has the Presidency Itself Become a Red Herring?
Certainly this administration, once the hostile Congress settled in, was rendered that. But given the actual restrictions of the office, ("Not a Mom and Pop store", said Jesse Jackson as he campaigned for the office decades ago) the President often spends much of his time in office hobbled. And even more so now as things wind down, as the job of appointing a Supreme Court Justice has been hijacked, with the caveat of simply not having a hearing, apparently, by a rebellious Congress which I think should be sued for this treasonous behavior.
Clearly D Trump is not running a serious campaign, he's not emotionally or intellectually up to the job, but neither was McCain. They both have agreed to put on a show, grab all the dough they can in the process, and happily avoid having to take office.
And why not? The various messes the GOP hatched from Bush to Bush, have left the party's reeking Karma in piles everywhere. The consequences of their actions drained the economy, loaded the national debt, as it went from zero to countless billions, which left States cutting funding for social reforms as the jobless rate shot up; clear formulas for chaos and distress. Only a generation can detach them from their destruction, here, there and everywhere.
Anyone at the helm will be burdened with the blame for the state of things, given the attention span of the average schmo, and it will stick. He is a sitting duck as well, as the Secret Service has allowed invasions by air and land during the past few years, right up to a guy in the East Wing with a knife. Are we to believe these aren't in-house threats disguised as accidents? Isn't it logical to attribute those acts that seem counter-intuitive to his normal zeitgeist. to him having the not-so-proverbial gun to his head?
Really, given the drawbacks fame inflicts on all who would seek it; who would really want to be President?
I think it's time for Virtual Leaders, who take referendums and represent constituents according to feedback, rather than personal feelings, as machines don't have them, nor vanities for that matter.
The voters would vote for an overall program, the virtual candidate would respond to their opinions, and make choices informed by that program.