Sam Smith - While just about any Democrat - including Hillary Clinton - would be far better and less dangerous than Donald Trump in the White House, that Democrat still has to get there. Which brings up an issue that the Democrats are ignoring: Clinton is so far a pathetic candidate against Trump, barely above a statistical tie in an average of recent polls. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Joe Biden have far more favorability.
Further, Clinton carries some of the heaviest baggage you'll find in any presidential race. Regardless of what you think of the email issue, a Clinton techie just pleaded the 5th more than 125 times in a law suit related to it. And if there is no prosecution, one can be almost certain that there will be a number of angry FBI officials who will make uncomfortable sounds. Add to this the long list of unresolved issues from Clinton's past that will flourish during the campaign and you could easily have one of the grimiest presidential fights we have ever seen.
Part of the problem is that HR Clinton challenges her husband for unchecked narcissism. The whole idea, employed by her for decades, that anyone critical of her is a "hater" is one of the most successful political cons of our era, but it probably won't hold up during this campaign.
A decent politician, with her records, her issues, and her poor ratings with the public, might say the best thing they could do for their party is to withdraw. That, however, won't happen and so we will be left with an unnecessarily weak alternative to the gross Donald Trump.
Democrats, however, should bear in mind that the real purpose of their convention is to nominate the strongest candidate against Trump and Clinton is clearly not it.
And there is still time to do something about this. Just a suggestion.