Everybody knows we've been living through a crazy election year. Real events seem like the rehearsals for Saturday Night Live. Only an outbreak of insanity would seem to account for the unprecedented fact that this year, a political outsider managed to win a major party nomination. No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn't crazy and it's not going away.
He points toward a new Republican party, beyond the dogmas of Reaganism. Nobody thinks his comments about women were acceptable. I agree, they were clearly offensive and inappropriate. But I don't think the voters pull the lever in order to endorse a candidate's flaws. It's not a lack of judgment that leads Americans to vote for Trump.
We're voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed.