Please God, let this end soon— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 30, 2016
Turns out Hillary will not coast to the presidency, after all.
I know this feeling her supporters are having because I am a fan of the Cleveland Browns -- a team that for a half-century has heard only a rumor of something called the Super Bowl.
I was there when the Colts won 34-0 in the 1968 NFL championship. The next year, the Vikings broke our hearts. It took more than a decade to recover, but then Lester Hayes broke our hearts. The Drive. The Fumble. The FBI investigation of Art Modell's emails.
Oh wait, that last one was not on the list.
Just ten days ago, Clinton was all smiles and her handmaidens in the press were ecstatic.
From a beaming Boston Globe:
Clinton leads Democratic charge into red states
Hillary Clinton has grown so confident, she is working to expand her goals beyond merely defeating Donald Trump and is now trying to flip Arizona and other traditionally Republican states to generate a broader Democratic victory in November.
Handed a Republican opponent whose erratic debate performances and other flaws are dragging him down in the polls, the Democrats are working to build an electoral wave that would counter Trump’s talk of a “rigged’’ election and perhaps even award Clinton bragging rights to a mandate.
Clinton appears to have all the momentum heading into the final two-week sprint before Nov. 8, enjoying a solid lead in national polls and most of the traditional swing states, with the notable exception of Ohio.
Trump squandered what may have been his last chance to shine on the national stage Wednesday when he refused in the final presidential debate to say whether he would accept the election results.Solid lead.
From NPR three days later:
The presidential election has entered its closing arguments phase. Hillary Clinton seems to have the edge in key states and may even be expanding into states that have traditionally voted Republican.From Politico the next day:
House Republicans are increasingly worried that Donald Trump's presidential collapse will cut deep into their 30-seat majority, as races that looked relatively safe months ago have suddenly become battlegrounds in the final weeks of the 2016 election. The blowback against Trump has practically eradicated the GOP's early-autumn hopes of keeping its House losses in the single digits. Some senior House Republicans are now predicting they could lose as many as 20 seats.
Yet while Democrats are expanding the election map and competing for more and more districts, they haven't been able to put many races away. Vulnerable Republicans like Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.), Rod Blum (Iowa) and Cresent Hardy (Nev.) have put up ferocious fights, forcing Democrats to continue spending money in their districts — and eating into the pot of cash Democrats are now trying to spread into far-flung, late-breaking House targets from southern Indiana to Montana.Now they pray.
From the Hill on Sunday:
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is dealing with the ongoing fallout from an FBI investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of State.
FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress Friday saying that new emails have been found on devices seized by the FBI as part of its investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.
Brazile appeared annoyed on Friday over the media’s reaction to the FBI’s probe of new emails related to the ongoing investigation.
“Good grief,” Brazile said on Twitter after a series of retweets of journalists clarifying the new development.
She has been at the center of the swirling controversies within the Democratic party. She took over as interim chairwoman after emails from Debbie Wasserman Schultz were released by Wikileaks that raised questions about the Democratic primary.
More recently, other leaked emails showed that she provided the Clinton campaign with a question for a town hall event ahead of time.But the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's criminal activities as secretary of State is not the big push against Clinton.
He is fighting back, dumping about $100 million in ads nationally that compare and contrast the two candidates. He represents change, she represents cronyism. If you like your socialism that enriches the rich and squeezes the middle class, you can keep it.
The Browns on Sunday led the Jets 20-7 at halftime.
The Browns this morning no longer are 0-7 on the season.
They are 0-8.
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