So what do we have?
From Maxwell Tani at Business Insider on Friday:
Republicans have a message for Donald Trump: If you're going to lose, don't drag down other Republicans with you.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham chided Trump for his recent decision not to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain in their primary battles with Republican challengers, noting Trump's sinking poll numbers following the Democratic National Convention.Graham? Seriously? Tani quoted a guy who could not poll 1% in his home state?
Tani said Republicans worried Trump would take down the ticket, and Tani noted: "But polling seems to be bearing out Republicans' worst fears."
At the Washington Post, which Jeff Bezos turned loose as an anti-Trump screed, Philip Bump wrote:
A difficult week for Donald Trump has gotten tougher with the release of several new polls in swing states showing him trailing Hillary Clinton by wide margins. The surveys come hot on the heels of polls from CNN/ORC and Fox News showing that Clinton's got a wide national lead (plus-9 in CNN's, and plus-10 in Fox's). And the bad numbers have been coupled with day after day of negative press for Trump, including his poorly received fight with the family of a soldier killed in Iraq, his declaration at a rally that he "always wanted a Purple Heart" and reports that his campaign staff is becoming demoralized.
It's not hard to see why they would be. Keeping your hopes up on a losing political campaign is a bit like playing Jenga. As more and more pieces get knocked out, it's harder and harder to keep upright. Those pieces can be varied: poor fundraising numbers, gaffes, hard-hitting ads from opponents. They can also be poll numbers -- like these new state polls that knock some significant blocks out of Trump's tower.So according to Jeff Bezos and company, everyone on Trump's staff is on a suicide watch, eh?
Now from Reuters:
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican rival Donald Trump narrowed to less than 3 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, down from nearly eight points on Monday.
About 42 percent of likely voters favored Clinton, to Trump's 39 percent, according to the July 31-Aug. 4 online poll of 1,154 likely voters. The poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 3 percentage points, meaning that the results suggest the race is roughly even.
Among registered voters over the same period, Clinton held a lead of five percentage points, down from eight percentage points on Monday, according to the poll.
The reasons behind the shift were unclear.I remember halftime of Game Seven of this year's NBA finals. Cleveland was down 49-42. I attended that 34-0 shellacking at home in the 1968 NFL championship game. I watched Lester Hayes's interception in a 14-12 AFC championship loss. The Drive. The Fumble. The Two Outs Away From A World Series Win. In each case, I sensed the impending loss. But that Cavs game was different. They had nothing to lose -- hey, their opponent set a record for regular season wins and wining percentage.
There will be ups. And there will be downs. But on November 9, Hillary will wake up and realize once again she will never be president.
Maybe in 2024.
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