I have to hand it to the media: They have completely screwed up this election beyond anything I've ever experienced.
By openly and overtly campaigning for Hillary, they've rendered all news items suspect.
Time was, polling was regarded as reliable since pollsters jealously guarded their reputation. No longer.
The pollsters are on the take just like all the other reporters. They're paid to generate results, not discern the opinions of the body politic.
Long experience has taught me that the percentages aren't as important as the underlying trends. If someone is rising, they may be closer than the raw numbers appear.
Yet even the trends disagree. Some polls (the ones not on Hillary's payroll, I might add) show Trump gaining ground. Other show Hillary pulling away.
Someone must be wrong.
Similarly, compare and contrast the difference in popular reaction on the campaign trail. Hillary is basically in seclusion most of the time, and even when she does an event it is by invitation only and tightly controlled.
Meanwhile, Trump is filling arenas with shouting, rowdy spillover crowds. This is not what a losing campaign normally looks like.
The other day I saw that Michigan has the most registered voters ever. To hear the media tell it, this is because Trump is so awful people are coming out of the woodwork to vote against him.
But that makes no sense. Hillary is completely uninspiring - Bernie Sanders overcame a 20-point deficit to beat her in the primary here.
Moreover, are we expected to believe that Detroit and the inner cities are going to turn out in even higher numbers than they did to vote for Obama? Something tells me their historic turnout isn't going to hold up just to put a rich white woman in power.
And yet, the press keeps telling us the race is over, Hillary has it in the bag, even Texas is wavering.
If that's so, why isn't Hillary campaigning there? It's a killshot - if she takes Texas, the game is over.
I honestly have no idea what is going on, but these tidbits of information are hard to reconcile with the current narrative.
TOO SOON, OR TOO LATE? I'm wondering if Hillary's October Surprise of accusing Trump of womanizing may have been too soon. With the rapid news cycle anything else she comes up with will look like old news in a couple of weeks.
The real issue to me is whether the disgruntled FBI agents come out and declare there was a coverup. Here's hoping...