This is basically what I take from your position:
Sacrifice our principals to stop Trump? Never!
Sacrifice our principals to stop Hillary? Hell yeah!
Well that's a glorious way of summing up your own bias that you could possibly parse it that way. Advocating that people vote for a third party is clearly not favoring one of those over the other. Advocating people vote for Johnson or Stein is obviously a way to not sacrifice my principles to either.
It's ironic that you complain of how I parsed your statement, because you completely misparsed mine.
I didn't say you were abandoning your principles by supporting a 3rd party.
I said you were abandoning your principles by endorsing the actions of a major power using spycraft to try and sway the election.
Neither candidate so dangerous as to be worth sacrificing one's principles over. At the end of the day they are both pathetic and craven. Neither one will cause armageddon; they're too vain to.
GWB went into Iraq based on his gut feeling that it was the right thing to do.
As a result of that action hundreds of thousands have died, the EU is experiencing a migrant crisis that threatens breakup, and the global recession was a lot worse than it likely should have been.
And GWB was orders of magnitude better suited to be president than Trump. Don't underestimate just how much damage Trump could cause.
What a shocking revelation! Next you'll tell us that wrestling is fixed!!
Actually, it is a bit shocking. Most politicians are not so pathetic and chameleon as to openly state this to their backers.
How would you know? We've only seen Clinton's dirty laundry.
Romney for certain was at least as guilty as Clinton with his 47% comments.
There are ways to openly and honestly separate one's personal opinions from one's politics whilst not lying to the people about the positions one will be fighting for.
If you're looking to confuse the public and cause needless controversies. Do you really think Obama only came around to the idea of gay marriage in 2012?
Clinton's personal opinions are kept personal because they're irrelevant. It's the positions she campaigns on that will show how she'll govern.
Even Trump managed to do this, at least once and at least briefly regarding the transsexual bathroom thing. He's for letting transwomen use the bathrooms in Trump Tower, but he defers to the party when it comes to national policy--he'll veto legislation that tries to protect transsexuals on the national stage because he's "in favor of letting the states decide." (Maybe he's walked this back since then; I don't know.)
That's not nuance, that's incoherence. On everything except immigration Trump's policies are under-defined and incoherent. Unless it has to do with immigration, Muslims, or the military, Trump is just trying to repeat what he thinks the GOP wants to hear.
I don't respond well to this sort of fear-mongering or this protectionist attitude toward unrepentant liars. Leaks have always happened. They are an essential tool for keeping our democracy at least semi-functional. But suddenly they're not leaks any more--they're "hacks" ! Oh noes!
And there's a strong ethos that the media, who is the one typically digging for and exposing leaks, will pursue both sides more or less equally. Because the power to expose leaks is the power to sway elections.
I appreciate lies being exposed. If it's true that the Russian government is the only one doing it at this moment in time then kudos to them! I encourage anyone and everyone to leak/hack Trump's dirty little secrets as well, though I must say that (as I am with Bill Clinton) I'm much more interested in his lies on policy than his lies about his personal affairs.
Except few entities other than the Russian government have the resources to leak/hack on this scale. This isn't just one phishing attack against one campaign chair. It's months of well crafted attacks against a multitude of people including a series of technically advanced hacks.
You're also advocating for a system where parties would be encouraged to encourage a group of unethical extremist supporters who will carry out their dirty work for them.
I'd be fascinated to see what emails were going around the Trump Org, but that no one has hacked and leaked them is a good thing.