The whole mess reminds me of a joke from the East Bloc (it's kinda telling when old Soviet jokes start to work in the alleged "free" world...) where they actually allowed "free" elections where you got to choose between candidates the communist party offered. Of course it was bullshit because, well, two candidates of the same party, what kind of choice is that? So the following joke surfaced
A man goes into a shop to buy a new vase. He finds the vase section with a lot of lovely red (in the US it would be red and blue) vases. He takes a look at one and notices it has a hole, rendering it worthless. He picks up the next, only to find that it, too, is leaking. He goes from one to the next and all of them are defective. He asks the clerk what kind of mockery this is. Surprised the clerk says "But sir, why do you complain, you have the free choice!"