It's amazing to see a whole new generation learning about the opportunistic bs of Betsy McCaughey. Folks in this cycle know her as the one who says you can't oppose sexual assault if you like Beyoncé. But Betsy's been around forever as a person who uses dubious professional credentials to get behind all manner of straight up lies.
Charlotte Fryar, author of a TPM longform piece about Frank Porter Graham and the political climate of N.C. (a crucial swing state), is joining Prime members in the Hive on 10/25 to discuss Graham, N.C. politics, and her views on how the election will go in the Tar Heel State. This conversation will be moderated by TPM -- get in your questions here before 1 p.m. next Tuesday.
It's October 20 and the PollTracker Average stands at Clinton 47.1 percent, Trump 43.1 percent, a four percentage-point spread
The TPM Electoral Scoreboard stands at Clinton 323, Trump 161. Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, worth six electoral votes. Alaska, Arizona, Ohio and Georgia are in the Toss Up category.
Here's a critical exchange from tonight about the Russian disruption campaign in the 2016 election. It's overshadowed by the refusal to accept the results of an election. But it was also crucial for what both candidates said.
To understand a debate like this we need to begin with the context. Winning or losing debates doesn't matter. Mike Pence arguably won the Veep debate; but the net effect of the debate hurt his ticket. All that really matters is the impact debates have on the election outcome. Hillary Clinton now has a sizable lead. Trump was the one who needed to dramatically shift the trajectory of the election. By that measure, he clearly failed.