Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
Rand Paul is about the only good candidate from either primary mainstream party. Everyone else is just too many parts crazy for my liking.
So you are wrong about the naive part. I think people who disagree with those candidates are naive.
I agree about how mediocrity is bad.
And, there are always write-in candidates. So it would be unpatriotic to not vote at all. I'm not saying vote for the bad candidate, but vote for a write-in if you have to.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
Sadly for the Republicans, they cannot gerrymander state boundaries.
The electoral college must be respected.
Any talk of a candidate must be able to win the EC, no matter how they might do in the total popular vote.
So, when it comes to choosing a candidate and his running mate ..
.. Think hard, Republicans .. think very, very hard.
Personal pet ideology is meaningless if you're, once again, on the powerless outside looking in at all that executive power you so foolishly traded for your adamant ideological stand.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.