October 18, 2016

I really have nothing to add to what Steve Schmidt said to Brian Williams last night. More like this, please:

One of the smartest things anybody has said about politics in this modern era is David Axelrod, when he described this process as an MRI for the soul. It is at the end of the day an elaborate character test, and the test that Hillary Clinton is enduring now is one of testing her dignity.

And so we're seeing someone who wishes to be our Commander in Chief, our American Head of State, the head of government under a relentless assault on her character and on her dignity and her maintenance of that dignity. It is part of the task and I think prepares and serves her well when the inevitable happens which is a very substantial landslide victory on November 8th.

And I'll be clear about something, this race is over.

Now, from a news perspective, I understand we can't say this, but I'm a political analyst. And I can look at the numbers and I can look at the trajectory. The moment of impact of the Titanic did not signal the downing of the ship. The physics take over. But at first after the strike the ship barely shuddered and that's the moment we're in now.

Looking at numbers in Utah and Alaska and Georgia and North Carolina, across the country where Red States are turning Blue and will have dramatic implications for the Republican Party.

But there are two things that are going on that are just extraordinary right now. We have had an uninterrupted peaceful transition of power since 1789 where, one, we have all understood that sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but the loser grants legitimacy.

And secondly, we have a foreign power, a strategic adversary of the United States trying to effect the outcome of this election with cyberattacks, cyberwarfare against one of the most important institutions in this country which is the Democratic Party. And Republicans are cheerleading it on.

If Ronald Reagan was here, I guarantee you Ronald Reagan would not be supportive of Russian attacks on the infrastructure of one of the most important political institutions in this country, the Democratic Party. He would not. And what Republicans are doing, being apologists for this, is outrageous.

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