National polls taken in August in the year before a presidential election do not reveal a great deal about whom the parties are going to nominate at their conventions the following summer. Still, from an establishment point of view, this is a shockingly multifaceted disaster. Full story:
  1. Donald Trump is unbowed, unbent and unbroken
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  2. Ben Carson is rising, not falling
  3. Ted Cruz is beating the rest of the real politicians
  4. The Trump/Carson/Cruz/Huckabee vote is bigger than the Bush/Rubio/Kasich/Christie vote
  5. The good debate performances by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio didn't help
  6. The most likely nominees, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker, are underperforming
  7. Mike Huckabee, a former governor who left office in 2007, ran for president in 2008 and whose views are anathema to the party's donor base, is beating the GOP's supposed "strong bench" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯