J.P.: Is your take on the rationale for this move influenced by the “murmurs”? Which is to say, are these the arguments that GOP insiders are making?
And Phil, it’s too soon to tell who’s “winning this one.” The news cycle hasn’t played out and, like everything else right now, what really counts is how this plays with independents and “Hillary Democrats.”
Now that I’ve had time to think about it and get over the initial shock, I’m thinking there must have been some kind of polling or focus group response that set them thinking in this direction. The stakes are way too high for them to make a move this drastic without some sort of data input about how it would play. But it’s like Joshua Green and the Hillary campaign post-mortem: We won’t know the real reason until after the election is over.