James Comey’s re-opening of the Hillary Clinton “national secrets for sale” corruption investigation fell on top of several other currents moving in Trump’s direction, and without a doubt – it has jeopardized what seemed like a sure fire Hillary Clinton’s victory 2-3 weeks ago.
The Comey factor is not alone, however. First, Trump was benefitting from the natural tightening, something that usually (but not always) happens down the stretch in Presidential elections. Second, the continued implosion of Obama Care was working in his favor, as well as kind of a national “okay, we’ve had enough” attitude about Clinton, Inc and all of their shenanigans.
The Comey wave was just another factor in a stream that was already headed Trump’s direction.
Another, more subtle factor, is a greatly improved Trump on the stump. He may not be dishing out the raw red meat the way some of his crazed fans want, but he’s been a far more disciplined candidate, which is necessary to A: bring home disaffected Republicans and conservatives and B: win over some of the undecideds.
If any undecided voters haven’t boarded the Trump Train by now, another piece of red meat about Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz ain’t gonna get ’em aboard.
Besides, Paul Ryan has rallied to Trump’s “repeal Obama Care” calls, as has Mitch McConnell. Trump’s decision to spend most of the campaign trying to insult his way to unity has been a disaster, and one that helped dig him into a deep hole. Comey had brought his candidacy back from the dead — and if he can’t close the deal, he has no one to blame but himself.