"I must warn people of a phenomenon that I have observed for numerous elections now, but which I have never seen mentioned by a single other person, left or right. It has been customary for the press to have a brief period before the conventions when they make a feint of presenting some kind of modestly honest coverage of the candidates, before shifting back to their unrelenting support of the Republican, no matter what an incompetent, lying con man he clearly is. This is done so that, in later years, this can be cited as some sort of proof that the press was even-handed. In fact, this period represents the point at which committed, politically involved people have virtually all made their choices, and politically uninvolved, low information voters are still tuned out. It is a safe time to pretend to be fair, before getting back to their flacking for the party of the rich; do not delude yourself into thinking that anything different is going to happen this time around, no matter how horrible a Trump Presidency would be for the country."
You would think that Republicans and the press would have learned some tiny little lesson from what they foisted on the country in the 2000 Presidential election, but obviously they didn't. Of course, you'd think that they might have learned something from the time their policies caused the Great Depression, but that didn't seem to leave any lasting impression on them either. And here we go again.
Well, despite everything they are doing to elect Trump, it is still likely that he will lose. But they are still trying, and if things fall out the wrong way, this country is finished.