Alas, it was hard to hear everything above all of the goalpost moving but I did catch one odd note through the din. Chuck Todd made the point that the pivotal moment in this election cycle was Chris McDaniel’s failure to wrest the GOP nomination from Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. According to Todd, that saved the entire Republican field from being forced to answer for everything McDaniel said and all of the skeletons in his closet (this only happened a few minutes ago, so I don’t have exact quotes). In short, McDaniel would have been this cycle’s Todd Akin, dragging down the whole party.
Now, as a matter of analysis, Todd may be exactly right. He says he talked to many Republicans who’ve said as much to him, and I believe him.