There’s nothing the media hates more than to admit that a political race is over before it even began. It is bad for ratings. It is bad for business. It makes our professional lives less interesting. It forces us to look elsewhere for stories – and that’s tough. And yet, the Trump-Clinton race seems to be over before it even began. Americans seem to have been convinced – the candidate himself convinced them – that Trump is not fit to be President.
In the coming weeks, you will see more GOP heavyweights announcing their decision to climb off the Trump train wreck. In the coming weeks, the main worry of the Clinton campaign will become: how do we keep the voters interested in coming to the polls. In fact, Clinton is the one who needs Trump to seem at least a little threatening, so less voters decide to skip the voting booths.
Shmuel Rosner, “August Notes: If This Race Is Over, Now What?”, Jewish Journal (19-25 August 2016), 11.