#7, we can agree to disagree. Yes, in form they are different, obviously. In function they are not. That distinction in this context and my lack of relative butthurt is not the reason we don't have representative government. The reason we don't have a representative government is a complex mixture of the electoral college system, Citizens United, stupid and lazy people, and a large buffet of opinion-based journalism.
There are other reasons as well, and I would love to see a multiparty system in the future, but either Hillary or Trump is gonna be president in 2016. So no, bipartisan or nonpartisan doesn't make a huge distinction. And all the butthurt about things that no longer matter for this election cycle to me seems immature and petty. I don't like Clinton very much, but can you really hand the highest office in the world to Donald Trump? How?
Actually, I don't care why or how, it's a dumb reason(s).