Hillary vs. The Donald
Kentucky is about as far from swing-state status as you can get. It was Barack Obama's seventh-worst state in 2012: He lost to Mitt Romney by a punishing 23 points. No one in their right mind expects Democrats to carry it next year.
However ... Democratic pollster Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling just tested a matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Bluegrass State, and the results are, simply, hilarious. Even though Clinton currently trails the rest of the GOP pack by anywhere from 5 to 10 points in Kentucky, she leads Trump by a 45-42 margin.
Imagine that! A Democrat winning Kentucky! That hasn't happened in 20 years, when Bill Clinton edged out Bob Dole by a single point. It just shows how truly despised Trump is, but it also leaves us giggling over a follow-up question: What would happen if this 26-point swing were replicated nationwide?
What you'd get is the map at the top of the post, which has Clinton winning an insane 45 states and taking a beyond-comical 513 electoral votes to just 25 for The Donald. That's an FDR-level landslide, leaving Trump with just a teeny outpost of red in the far west, plus a dot here for Oklahoma and there for West Virginia. That's it, and nothing more. (Click here for a complete state-by-state breakdown of the carnage.)
Of course, this kind of analysis is just for fun—it would be a little difficult for Clinton to win 110 percent of the vote in D.C., even against Trump. And this one poll doesn't mean Clinton could expect to see such a huge and uniform shift nationwide, plus in any event, plenty of Republicans would hold their noses and vote for that monstrous hairpiece in the end.
But there's no doubt that Trump would be a disaster of epic proportions for the GOP, so pray for him, my friends, hard and often. We could use a big win, and some big laughs—and Trump would guarantee both of those things.