Recently-departed writer and self-proclaimed 'biographer of America', Gore Vidal once opined that the problem with Australian politics "is that you only ever see the tip of the ice cube." American politics, for all its many flaws, is infinitely more interesting and meaty. Presidential elections are the sweetmeats, tender, flavourful morsels of style, substance and slightly over-cooked metaphor (sorry).
This time around, something appears to be missing. Something is missing. What is it?