Let me be clear: this election is already over. Donald Trump has lost. The best result Republicans can possibly hope for is that they hang on to their majority in the House of Representatives.
This image from the website of the Washington Post really says it all:
Journalists Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake explain:
First, we are moving Nevada, where Trump had shown surprising strength for much of this year, from “toss-up” to “lean Democratic” amid signs that the state is slipping away from him. Clinton has led in six of the past seven polls in the state — the other showed the race a tie — and now has an average lead of more than four points, according to Real Clear Politics. Trump’s collapse in the state is badly impacting Republicans’ chances of winning Sen. Harry Reid’s (D) open seat …
We’re also moving Utah — yes, Utah! — from “lean Republican” to “toss-up” as independent candidate Evan McMullin, a Utah native and Mormon, continues to show considerable polling resiliency in the Beehive State. Count us as skeptical that Clinton can win in such a Republican state. But McMullin is taking lots of Republican voters away from Trump, and it’s not out of the question that the third party candidate could win the state’s six electoral votes.
And, finally — and much to our amazement — we are adding Texas to our list of competitive states, rating it as “lean Republican.” The last three polls taken in the state have shown Trump ahead by three points (twice) and four points; the Real Clear Politics polling average in the state puts Trump up 4.6 points.
Yes, you read that correctly: Texas is now a “competitive state” according to the Washington Post. The only thing they’re internally debating is whether that great state should be labeled “leaning Republican” or “toss-up.”
At the moment, Clinton has 323 electoral votes either solidly on her side or “leaning” towards her. Trump has to settle for a mere 180. Note: the winner only needs 270 electoral votes in total. Hillary, then, isn’t merely on course to win, but to crush The Donald. After all, both Utah and Arizona are considered toss-ups, especially with the latter possibly going blue. That would mark a defeat of epic proportions, one we haven’t seen in decades.
What’s truly saddening and maddening is that Hillary is the weakest candidate Democrats could possibly have nominated. Her favorability rating is dismal. According to RealClearPolitics, her average rating is 43.3 favorable and 52.9 unfavorable. That’s the favorability rating of a loser; a candidate who can’t possibly hope to win.
Sadly, Republicans nominated the only guy running whose numbers are even worse. His ratings are 35.9 favorable and 60.4 unfavorable.
It’s time for conservatives to come to grips with the obvious: Hillary Clinton will be America’s next president. The only thing they can and should do now is to make sure that they keep their majority in the House and the Senate, which is going to be extremely tough because Trump is taking everybody down with him. Every single penny conservatives and the Republican Party have left should be spent on accomplishing that goal. They have to make sure that Hillary is faced with a strong, determined opposition that places one obstacle after another in her path once she’s in the White House.