Hillary Clinton Is Absolutely Kicking Donald Trump’s Ass


Back during convention season I warned that election polls wouldn’t really mean much until the middle of August. Well, the middle of August is here! So what are the polls showing us? Here you go:

Hillary Clinton is ahead by a steady 8 points. State polls show that she’s ahead in pretty much every battleground state. If this holds up, it would be an epic blowout.

Of course it might not hold up. Then again, it might get even worse for Trump. He could turn out to be worst natural politician since—who? I’m not sure. We’ve never seen anything like this in an election against a party that’s already served two terms and is running on a mediocre economy. Previous blowouts—FDR in 1936, LBJ in 1964, Nixon in 1972, Reagan in 1984—have all been by one-term incumbents running for reelection during years of strong economic growth.

Trump is a man of extremes: the biggest, the richest, the boldest, the most beautiful. Now he’s heading for another title: worst presidential candidate of all time. That’s quite an achievement.

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