Greg Kesich’s recent commentary (Feb. 24) speculates that the 2016 presidential election could come down to Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, the two candidates with the highest unfavorable ratings. Though Trump’s ratings may be justified, I don’t believe that Clinton’s are.

When Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in the 1992 election, it surprised Republicans, and hard feelings generated by that defeat created the political gridlock that we still see today.

Hillary Clinton has since been so demonized by the Republican Party that even some Democrats have begun to believe she is a heartless liar and incompetent to carry out the duties of president: Proof that if you repeat a lie long enough, it will be perceived as truth. That, of course, has become one of the basic tenets of conservative politics.

Despite the Republican Party’s endless persecution of the Clintons, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton is the most highly qualified candidate for president that either party has produced thus far.

Trump, in turn, offers nothing but malicious and vindictive rhetoric. He would represent a party, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell, that offers the automatic opposition to any and all Democratic proposals which we have seen in the last seven years: gridlock.

Can our country continue to endure these unwarranted attacks by Republicans, the incompetence that gave us the 2008 economic crash and the lies that gave us the war in Iraq?

Do we want to witness the Republican Party’s continued efforts to destroy our middle class, to end Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, to attack our unions and the middle class’ wages and standard of living that politicians once worked closely together to provide for us?

In the upcoming caucuses, and again in November, please disregard the rhetoric and consider casting your vote for the best candidate available: Hillary Clinton.

Jim Morgan

Portland