If you’re in a funk about today’s inauguration, just remember that it could have been worse.
No, I don’t mean Hillary Clinton would have been worse. For all her faults, she would be nowhere near as bad as Trump. That’s why pretty much the entire Republican foreign policy and national security establishment backed her — not because they liked her or agree with her on a lot, but because (as conservative writer P.J. O’Rourke memorably put in on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me last year, “I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises. It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she’s way behind in second place. She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”
I beg to differ with P.J. There were third-party candidates who were worse than Hillary. (Which ones. Pretty much all of them for differing reasons, though ignorance was a common fault.)
Anyway, back in September the folks at the Glove & Boots YouTube channel assembled a debate among a set of presidential candidates who were even worse. Watching this might cheer you up: