WILLIAM McGURN on how the big winner, no matter how the election turns out, is . . .
. . . William Jefferson Clinton (nee Blythe):
Yet Mr. Clinton wins even if his wife loses. Because the Trump victory would mean the American people have bought the argument Bill Clinton has been selling ever since that first bimbo eruption: So long as a man has never pretended he is a choirboy, his sexual life has nothing to do with his fitness for office.
. . . .
[In 1998] Americans learned President Clinton had had a sexual relationship with an intern. Once again Mr. Clinton's initial instinct was to lie about it, publicly and defiantly. The dominant mood was he would have to resign.
But he didn't resign. Instead, he fought back. And he won, largely because he and his wife refused to abide by norms about the decent thing to do in such a circumstance.
In this sense, Donald Trump is the new Bill Clinton. And if he does pull of a win in November, it will be in good part because of a culture that Hillary Clinton did much to create.
("And the Winner Is . . . Bill Clinton," The Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2016)
. . . by Sunday night's presidential debate. The lede is a hoot. Its tone, typically, is pompous. Its figurative language is gloriously incomprehensible: how exactly can a spectacle ("a visually striking performance or display") slouch? And the sophomoric misuse . . .
. . . uphold the rule of law, says constitutional law professor John O. McGinnis.
We are left with the choice of a candidate who will be inclined to lawlessness by temperament [referring here to Mr. Trump] and one who will be inclined to lawlessness by ideology and circumstance [Ms. Clinton]. This unhappy dilemma is more evidence that we face . . .
[W]henever the current presidential election campaign [comes] up, the conversation is all to predictable. Someone will grow red in the face excoriating Donald Trump, calling him everything from an ignoramus to a Nazi; another . . . will rip Hillary Clinton, citing the usual rap sheet against her and her husband: . . .
SO SAYS the indispensable Rush. Mr. Lochte lies and is ruined. Ms. Clinton lies and . . . gets nominated by her party for president. In real life, lying is a moral fault and a potential career-ender. For Democrats, it's . . .
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Is the long-predicted Trump final collapse now underway?
Head-to-head; Clinton +7, up 3 from yesterday -- 47-40. Number of polls on the RCP screen showing Trump ahead: zero.
Four-way, Clinton +7, up 3 from yesterday -- Clinton 43, Trump 36, Johnson 8, Stein 3.
Electoral College, Clinton +79, up 11 from yesterday -- Clinton 233, Trump 154, Toss Ups 151. Pennsylvania (20), Oregon (7), and New Hampshire (4) have recently moved from Toss Up to Leans Clinton. Missouri (10) has moved from Leans Trump to Toss Up.
Head-to-head; Clinton +4 -- 47-41. Over the past three days, Clinton is up 3 points and Trump is down 1. Thirty days ago, Clinton also led by 4, which means that she has wiped out the Trump bump and restored the status quo ante.
Four-way, Clinton +4 -- Clinton 42, Trump 38, Johnson 7, Stein 3. Increasingly it appears that the Libertarians and Greens will have little influence on the top two races. Clinton enjoys a 4-point lead without'em and a 4-point lead with'em.
Electoral College, Clinton +68 -- Clinton 226, Trump 158, Toss Ups 158. Pennsylvania (20) and New Hampshire (4) just moved from Toss Up to Leaning Clinton.
HERE ARE the Real Clear Politics numbers for August 1:
Head-to-head, Clinton up 2 -- 44-42. (Hello, bounce.) Thirty days ago Clinton was up 4.
Four-way, tie -- Clinton 40, Trump 40, Johnson 7, Stein 2.
Electoral count, Clinton up 48 (no change) -- Clinton 202, Trump 154, Toss Ups 182.