The Washington Monument, long a symbol of the U.S. capital, reopens to speeches, songs and fanfare after being closed for almost three years to repair earthquake damage. Mana Rabiee reports.
WilliamL: We have to recognize that Trump has congealed that portion of the population that is fed up with politics as usual. That movement has been growing and growing, and then you add those who feel abandoned by the system, and the die-hard Obama haters, he came into the arena at the perfect time and with the "almost" perfect message for them. His style, while abrasive, gives his followers that "up yours" Washington emotional charge. He's a salesman in a sea of politicians. So many seem to accept his false statements as mere hyperbole, a sales pitch that we accept the way we accept it from our commercials. But the politician is held to a different standard where not only have we heard their BS before we no longer seem willing to allow for any exaggeration. The problem for Trump is that as much as he has rallied his supporters to the point of fanatical belief in him, so too has he alienated so many others just as quickly and just as severely. So outside of those few undecided he has nowhere to go. For Hillary she can either grab up those undecided or make sure her supporters show up in numbers to assure her win. Even with his supporters turning out in great numbers he can't win unless he persuades those undecided. It is still a tight race because Hillary has a history of being unable to really motivate people outside her inner alliance. That's why she lost to Obama eight years ago and is why Sanders gave her such a battle.