|Hillary Clinton campaigns in Florida - Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald|
It's almost comical if it wasn't so disgusting. Here's Hillary Clinton, a career politician who believes that she can get away with so much, constantly having to deal with scandal after scandal. What's her answer? More dishonesty! I truly believe that the only thing keeping her afloat is that she's facing an even weaker candidate.
Her supporters are now peddling conspiracy theories like some of Trump's are. Paul Krugman is assuming that not immediately hearing anything from Comey equates to attempting to "swing" the election. Other Democrats have responded by attempting to downplay the investigation, simply saying that the election is exactly with regards to where it started on Clinton's credibility.
The investigation arrives after the release of emails from WikiLeaks, which have contradicted many of the talking points put forward by the Clinton campaign. For example, President Obama said that he only became aware of the email server through news reports. It has been proven that he does have emails from her server. Additional emails show what staffers think of Clinton. Some called her conduct at the State Department "crazy" when she was trying to "get away" with the private server.
With only a handful of days left before the election, the only real question to ask is what the damage will be to her candidacy. Some recent emails coming through WikiLeaks proven collusion between several media outlets and her campaign. For example, reports allowed members of her campaign to edit quotes and approve articles. Others, like MSNBC's John Harwood, had close communication with her and loved to shower praise.
It's safe to say that the media will continue to defend her, but that doesn't mean she will get no coverage. The new investigation has already led polls to show a tightening race, but she's still ahead. As of today, Clinton is leading in the RCP average by 3.1 percentage points in a two-way race. Her support has decreased, but not by enough to hand Donald Trump a win yet. The only poll showing him ahead is the LA Times/USC daily tracking poll, but it has always showed him with a leader. All the other polls show him behind.
One of the advantages Trump has now is that he can focus on Clinton with new attacks because she has been put in a precarious position. If he wants to win, then he needs to spend more of his own personal money on ads and campaign offices in order to get more voters on his side. The last week will be very important for Trump. He has a chance, albeit a slim one, to turns things around.