The conventional wisdom was that almost any of the other 16 Republican presidential candidates could have run better than Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton’s team certainly believed it.
Now that Trump is president-elect, not only was his weakness clearly exaggerated. With the benefit of hindsight, Trump may have been the only Republican contender who could have broken Clinton’s blue wall and pulled off the upset.
“I wouldn’t have believed it,” said a D.C. anti-Trump conservative. “Now it sure seems like it.”