The 2016 US Presidential campaign is a very sad joke.
The massive amounts of money it takes to run just for the party nomination usually means the richest effectively controlling our campaigns and politicians as well as discouraging.
Our 2-party control keeps out any realistic alternative candidates and let's face it, there is very little difference between the 2 parties in many areas. Worse, the party in control also makes major policy decisions, controls appointments in the cabinet and the courts, and huge power from that benefiting their most moneyed special interests.
Major issues like decent paying employment, our environment, affordable and quality education, military spending, immigration, race relation, the war on drugs, policing policies and so on get ignored and instead we see candidates pushing issue irrelevant to the majority like late term abortion, the death penalty, our relationship with Israel.
Our Congress is a joke to most people with horribly low favorability ratings.
Most likely we will see the first really realistic chance for a woman as our President, decades after other major countries have had or still have female executive leaders. Its just too bad it is Hillary Clinton with all of her troubled baggage. Sanders is interesting but has serious flaws and O'Malley pretty much blew it at the Netroots conference and has some issues too.
The Republicans - the leader is a blowhard, phony rich jerk who lost money running casinos who demagogy of Mexicans is just wrong and does nothing but rile up millions fed up with our weak and unenforced immigration laws. Walker and others have target public workers and unions, gave away billions in tax breaks to corporations, the rich and sports teams for venues using money badly needed for education at all levels so decent and affordable. Some like Chris Christie are outright criminals and abusers of power. Others have failed in business (Forina) or sold to the Tea Party with their anti-government views.
If the Republicans can get their act together and get a decent Presidential and VP
candidate, they have a good chance of a narrow win in votes and Electorial College votes to bring out a lot of frustrated white male voters for them, and discourage some from voting at all.