Wrote NYTimes columnist Frank Bruni: "This entire election is being conducted in the key of hysteria, and Comey just found a way to amplify that ugly music."
And there's the timing. As Nate Silver tweeted: "The FBI story also broke at the exact time when the media was eager for a dramatic twist/complication in the "Clinton coasts" narrative."
Watergate indeed) but suggesting that election officials will throw away mail-in ballots "if they don't like them."
Trump's inflammatory talk about the election has already led to the first documented case of voter fraud--a woman in Iowa attempted to vote twice--for Trump, because she believed the Donald that the election is rigged and she was afraid that her vote would be changed to Clinton.
And things continue to trend ugly at Trump events, with anti-Semitic chants and other threatening behavior. Trump saw members of his crowd upset about a black man in their midst, then Donald accused him from the stage of being a paid protestor and encouraged security to take him out of the rally, which they did. It soon turned out that the man was a Trump supporter.
And if the Comey enigma has added some uncertainty by motivating Trump voters (although the Clinton campaign may have more cards to play in that regard), it hasn't done anything to even begin to repair the profound damage the Republican party has inflicted on itself, as that sort of story continues to come out.
Nobody knows yet if this email story has staying power, although it clearly will be the focus of the Sunday noise shows. First reaction won't show up in polls until midweek and if Clinton's numbers go down, election day becomes more of a drama.
Nate Silver outlined four possible Clinton campaign responses Saturday morning, and by evening it was clear that #2 was in operation as well as #1, with the possibility of #4 to come. But how the Clinton campaign deals with this may say a lot about a Clinton presidency. Clinton herself was up to the challenge of the debates. Now we'll see if she, her campaign and the Dems are up to this one.