I admit it. I am more likely to tolerate bad behavior from a politician whose positions are better aligned with mine than I am from a politician whose positions are less well aligned with mine. Watching this election, I conclude that most of my friends are no better than I am, but that's ok -- it just means that we're all sinners in that sense.
My news feed is full of horrible stories about both candidates that will convince no one of anything, except perhaps that it would be better to give up on social media until after this fiasco of an election. Some of these stories may even be true. (Many aren't.) And the stories that I have seen that I have been reasonably able to verify as being true have convinced me that both of the major party candidates for president are horrible, horrible people who I would not have as friends under any circumstances. I do not choose to repeat any of them here, because they would only annoy you; they would certainly not convince you of anything, because we are all pretty much long past convincing. You can do your own research, if you choose.
I have only cast one vote in my life that I am ashamed of: I voted for George Ryan for Illinois governor at a time when I really should have known that he was a crook. I am trying hard not to do that again.
My consolation is that I live in deep blue Illinois in districts that are so thoroughly gerrymandered that my vote is completely meaningless, save for the Senate race. (When the Democrats won the gubernatorial race in 2010 giving them total control over redistricting in Illinois, I -- like the poor groundhog -- predicted 10 more years of bad government in my state. Anyone care to argue with that prediction? You can find it on my LJ from the time... :) )
In any case, you all are my friends.
But, dear God, the echo chamber that is being provided for each of my ears is deafening.