A good number of voters seem to have decided that the choice this year is between two candidates they don’t like, one of whom they see as crazy and the other as corrupt. (And, in the American psyche, the winner in that matchup is not always an obvious call.) The dichotomy is infuriating to Clinton’s supporters, given that, despite any number of investigations, she appears to be neither a kook nor a crook, while Trump appears to have a better shot at both titles. Clinton’s flaws aren’t just smaller than Trump’s, they are not on the same scale. It’s as if the American Presidency might suffer the same fate as the NASA orbiter that was lost because someone mixed up metric and non-metric measurements.
Amy Davidson, “Upholding Standards”, The New Yorker (19 September 2016), 32.