The strange people inside my TV tell me that Sec. Clinton now has a double-digit lead over Mr. Trump. Remind me again, what he would have done differently if he had set out to throw the election and embarrass the GOP? It's no use carping the mainstream media is in the bag for Sec. Clinton; you knew that going in and media favoritism certainly did not keep Richard Nixon from winning under similar circumstances. This Presidential race was the Republican party's to lose and if the polls are to be trusted -- a legitimate concern -- they have. As a libertarian outsider, I have watched the GOP's slide to the anti-intellectual social Right with concern: at one point, I could pick out the fiscal conservative/socially moderate candidates and vote for them with a relatively clear conscience, but they're a vanishing breed. Guess that's my problem and not the GOP's and if you're happy with the present formulation of the product, keep on keeping on.
The results of the downticket races this election will be instructive. I don't know if either Presidential candidate has much in the way of coattails but you can bet the party apparatchiks will have a finger to the wind.