The graphic below from Pew Research, which charts the most-viewed convention-related videos, is a sight to behold:
Forget for a moment how striking both President Obama and President Clinton's video views are in relation to Romney's convention speech. Forget that Michelle Obama cleaned his clock. Or that Eastwood's buffoonery completely suffocated Romney's main event.
What needs to be fully digested is this:
A brave soul, discreetly filming a Romney fundraiser behind closed doors on a grainy, poorly-placed cell phone, has impacted the election (at least) three times more than Romney's own convention speech. The entity designed specifically to craft public opinion.This is truly a unique election moment, and one that Nate Silver now recognizes as potentially historic.
I'm still stunned by its reach. And so is Pew Research.