Trump has no governing experience, no consistent set of beliefs (other than liking to win) and a penchant for saying ridiculous things like trade wars don't matter. He is completely toxic with African-American and Latino voters and non-white women. He would represent a soft hanging curve over the middle of the plate for a generic Democrat to slam out of the park. But as it happens, Trump's opponent may be in worse shape than he is.
The latest CBS/NYT poll shows just how crummy a position Clinton is in as she stumbles toward the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this summer. The survey is filled with grim news for the Democratic front-runner. She does enjoy a 6 point overall lead over Trump in the poll but that is down from 10 points in April as GOP voters come home to their nominee. Other recent surveys show Trump in the lead.
And Clinton is now viewed by 64 percent of the public as "not honest and trustworthy." That's the exact same number as Trump. The American public is going into the election thinking both major party nominees are basically complete phonies.
Clinton has been badly damaged by a nasty primary campaign in which Sanders has portrayed her as a corrupt captive of big-money interests on Wall Street. And the recent fracas over delegate allocation during the Democratic convention in Nevada last week has only served to further embitter Sanders supporters against Clinton.
In the latest YouGov poll, 61 percent of Sanders voters say they have an unfavorable view of Clinton.
And while Republicans will now coronate Trump at their convention, Democrats face the prospect of nasty platform fights between Sanders supporters and Clinton backers in Philadelphia. The previous conventional wisdom that Clinton would glide to a pristine convention while Republicans seethe and gnash their teeth in Cleveland has been turned on its head.
There is still time for Democrats to unite as they head to the convention, especially if Clinton locks up enough delegates to take the nomination before voting concludes on June 14. But the next Democratic contest isn't until June 5 in Puerto Rico so Sanders and Clinton have two weeks to keep sniping at each other.