That the voters nominated the two worst options is only a reflection on them. It's been all downhill since Kennedy died. Who ever thought than anybody could make Bush look like a picture of grace and decorum?
You hit the nail on the head. During the primaries, only Chris Christie and Bernie Sanders ever bothered to answer the questions that were asked. Every other candidate would ramble off on some subject that only indirectly had anything to do with the issue at hand. Whether you like them or not, at least you knew where they stood. Yet Republicans chose a clown with absolutely no filter between his brain and his mouth and Democrats chose a career liar that thinks laws apply only to the little people and would push her own daughter in front of a bus to get elected. It's utterly disgusting.
I get that from both sides. If you're against one you're for the other. Good old tribalism at work there. All rationality is pushed aside, something that you're bumping up against with the other guy there.
Bulls-eye again. No matter what transgression you point out, partisans on sides point across the table and scream, "But they did that!" No matter who we get, you can expect more of whatever they did in the past. If/when HRC wins, her apologists will justify it again. "I know it looks bad, but it wasn't actually criminal." Or if/when Trump shoots off his mouth on day one, you can expect more: "But that's not what he meant..."
Your console TV have the record player too? I thought they were all in color by '68.
We finally got a color TV in spring of 1975 and it could tune UHF (woo hoo). Color certainly wasn't universal by 1968. There were lots of riff raff living with black and white in the early seventies. A color TV set in 1975 was hundreds of dollars, and my dad bought a brand new car (Datsun) for less that $3,000 in 1976. Our old set was a nice piece of real wood furniture, but it did not have a record player in it. One of my uncles did have one. It had a nice walnut panel on the top that slid to the side to reveal the turntable. It was pretty cool!