For Democrats in running deep red states, there is a lesson here. Republican divisions may create opportunities for victories, but the path is narrow requiring both a flawed Republican nominee and a divided GOP.
Politics and numbers make for strange bedfellows. This seems counter-intuitive as modern politics is actually loaded with numbers from polling to policy analysis. To illustrate, I ask you to consider the case of the humble denominator.
The 2016 election has many more debates in store for voters. If precedent holds, these debates will provide pundits with fodder for many columns and interested citizens with some insights into their potential leaders.
A recent blog item in the Washington Post about opinion polling brings to mind someone my Jewish mother would call a "macher," which, by the way, can be a Janus-faced label of both praise and ridicule.