The Alabama Senate race provides an excellent picture. Prior to the allegations against Roy Moore, he was up by about ten points....after they came out, his opponent was up by about the same....but a few weeks later, Moore was again up by about ten points....and apparently now, for reasons I do not entirely understand, Doug Jones is up by the same margin again.
Whatever you think of either candidate, the simple fact is that if voters are that fickle and easily manipulated, the political process will feature a lot of manipulation along the lines of what we've seen. And you know what? We deserve it if we won't critically evaluate allegations in light of their sources, timing, and other verification or refutation. Sad to say, it's biting the whole country on the rear, and it's exactly how "the swamp" appears to be holding its own.