And also as I said, it was entirely meaningless. Time has of course proven me correct.
Trump and our would be drunken, brain damaged larcenous god-empress are now in a statistical tie for the big brass ring.
Hardest hit: The #NeverTrumper Pundit Class, who are depending on a blowout to maintain that their constant anti-Trump agitations cannot possibly affect the election.
Oddly enough, none of these people claim to have zero influence on the conservative population except when they agitate against Trump. I've asked several people to provide past resumes and book proposals to demonstrate they have previously claimed to have absolutely no readership or influence over other conservatives; none of them have come forward with such book proposals stating, "I vow to you that I have barely any readers at all and that my book, should you publish it, will make nary the faintest ripple in the national debate."
It's only now, during 2016 (specifically from May of 2016 to November 2016), that this obviously highly-self-regarding group of Thought Leaders is making this claim of having no importance and no following.
I imagine these claims will evaporate 'round the second week of November.
Then they'll all be back in Highly Influential Thought Leaders of the Conservative Movement mode again.
Sorry, I consider these claims to be cowardly, dishonest, and utterly chickenshit. People who have been cashing checks for decades based on their very value as magnets for conservative eyes can't suddenly claim that, at least for a six month period from May to November 2016, they have no influence whatsoever and are doing nothing at all to advance Hillary Clinton's election prospects.
It's cowardice, pure and simple. If you consider Trump so terrible that you feel obligated to support Hillary, then at least have the guts to say that, instead of putting on this childishly dishonest and evasive act of claiming that words people care enough about topay you cash money for suddenly have no impact on anyone, anywhere, ever.
This bullshit that obviously-influential people who get paid advances to write books on conservative politics don't have influence is unworthy. If you want a defense, then say, "I'm doing what I always do: I'm arguing for what I believe to be for the best for America." (And that just happens to be arguing for the One True Conservative in the race, Hillary Clinton.)
But please, People Who Obviously Think They're Pretty Big Shakers in the Conservative Movement -- stop with the "for six months I totally have no influence but I hope to get it back November 8th" childishness.
We are now at the point where the real race begins. Everything until now has been an elaborate Dog and Pony show, since the primaries ended.
Now is when things get serious.