Basket of Deplorables is a good phrase and I have to think that this was strategically planned out. That aside, what is far more concerning is that Trump stating that he would take military action over hand gestures.
Romney spoke to a closed fundraiser where he thought the public wouldn't hear the comment, but someone secretly recorded him. The same is not true for Hillary, as she said it and knew she would be heard. No one outside of the fringe element is reacting to this, because it is clear exactly who was talking about. She specifically mentioned racists, xenophobes, etc. What she wants is to get suburban whites in her column and to drive minority turnout.
A spade is a spade, let's not sugar coat it and accuse Hillary of being wrong or elitist for saying what we all know. Trump has attracted David Duke and most of the white nationalist bloc to his campaign, all of which are deplorable people. These people shout racist slurs and call for violence at rallies, which is deplorable. No one should walk on eggshells to preserve these people's feelings. Anyone offended by this comment was never going to vote for Clinton and was already backing Trump. The votes Clinton needs are not from racist whites. If you are worried about the feelings of racists, then you should be voting for Trump. These people are not going to change or like you if you coddle them.
Dick Morris weighted by party ID, which is a big mistake. Gallup messed in 2012 because they predicted that the electorate would be a lot more white that it actually was. Each election cycle, the electorate gets more and more minority, it doesn't regress.
I remember there was a time when some viewers complained that there were too many Forresters on screen and not enough other characters outside of the family developed on the show. Now it's as if the Forresters are sidelined.
It has always seemed like there were issues at Fox News. Most of the female anchors seemed to be dressed for going to a club or a dinner party, not for doing the news, so it's not surprising that Ailes wanted high hemlines.
Interestingly enough, McCain seemed to let go of his animosity toward Bush despite that trick Bush pulled in South Carolina about McCain having an illegitimate child, which helped Bush win that primary. I suspect that difference is that being defeated by Bush is the primary was nowhere near as bad as being defeated by a black man in the general.
The thing to remember about the media is that they need absurdity to keep ratings. No one turns on the news anymore just for information purposes, they only turn it on to hear about someone saying something stupid or crazy. Print media is the same.