The American election is still 12 months away but the way things are heading it is going to be a case of whoever does themselves the least amount of damage who will be the one left standing next November.
Hillary Clinton is the latest to be hiding a red face after a member of her staff was caught out in Iowa planting a soft question in the audience.
The Clinton campaign was forced to admit that it had set up the question on climate change at a rally last week.
After Clinton spoke, a student in the crowd was invited to pose a question. "As a young person, I'm worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?" the student asked.
Clinton went into her well rehearsed answer and all was well and off she went to check if her husband was bothering the interns.
A few days later the college website reported that the student had been encouraged to ask the question by a Clinton employee which prompted the emergence of a second case emerged of the Clinton campaign planting questions.
"This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again" said a Clinton spokesman before not adding "not now that we have been caught out anyway".