Election week 2016 is not like election week 2012.
Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey October 29, 2012. It appeared that Sandy effectively derailed the Romney/Ryan campaign. They lost momentum; Chris Christie hugged Barack Obama; the race was over.
But that's not what happened.
The Romney/Ryan campaign ran out of gas in the second week of October. They were running out of money. They cut back on rallies and advertising. Campaign staff was disoriented and didn't know where to send the candidates next. There was no emotion among the Republican voters; no unifying theme; no issue that ignited passions. They couldn't deal with the relentless media pounding they were getting.
I stared in disbelief as Scott Walker always the model of decorum, publicly excoriated the Romney team and Romney himself for not flooding Wisconsin with ads and rallies. And for not parking Paul Ryan here to go from city to city in the midwest. Wisconsin was in play. It was winnable. The same happened in other states that were winnable. Governors and senators begged to have the candidates come to their states. The Romney/Ryan campaign went into full paralysis.
They couldn't close the deal. They lost the election.
Election week 2016 is different. Very different. The passions are as high has can be remembered. Trump is 70 years old, and flying to three, four, five, or six rallies each day. He is tireless. His crowds are consistently huge; far larger than Clinton's crowds. Make America Great Again resonates in rallies and in ads. His campaign is flawless. Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon have done a masterful job running a campaign with all the media stacked against them (as well as some in the candidate's political party).
Someone threatened to harm him tonight in Reno. He returned to the stage and finished his speech. We did not see heart and passion from the candidate in 2012.
The numbers have turned toward Trump at the right time. He may win this thing.
But if he doesn't, it won't be because he and his campaign didn't give everything they have during the final week.