US elections and passing the baton


Sir, – Maureen Dowd (World News, August 1st) sharply defines the immense challenge Hillary Clinton faces in trying to rebrand herself for American voters.

Many of those who have no personal memory of the Clinton years were drawn instead to the idealism of Bernie Sanders’ campaign; other voters will recall what Ms Dowd presented.

Perhaps Hillary Clinton’s hope lies in voters seeing her, eventually, as an acceptable least-bad choice.

However, if the tenor of the campaign descends into barbs of insults and scandal-mongering this could adversely affect voter turnout.

Donald Trump’s supporters have shown that his behaviour and lack of issue details will not deter them from showing up on election day.

– Yours, etc,



Co Waterford.

Sir, – I cannot read anything by Donald Trump supporters without marvelling at their collective ability to ignore facts that mitigate against their candidate.

Fergus Nolan’s statement (Letters,August 2nd) that Hillary Clinton’s “shortcomings are legion but very much under-reported” takes the biscuit. I don’t think I have ever witnessed a candidate for any public office whose so-called shortcomings have been so widely aired.

I am reminded of the famous Charlotte Whitton quote: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.”

– Yours, etc,



Co Dublin.