For Democrats, the primaries are over, Hillary won, and only an indictment can stop her coronation, which probably won't happen with Loretta Lynch sitting behind the attorney general's desk. This does not necessarily mean she will be elected president.
Republican establishment's plan
For Republicans, their nominee's identity is an open question until #Donald Trump reaches 1,237 delegates or "establishment" Republicans succeed in creating a brokered convention this summer to introduce a last-minute candidate from behind the OZ curtain -- as mainstream media tries to finish off Trump. It is rare to see establishment Republicans and mainstream media working together to defeat the leading Republican candidate, an alliance that will end as abruptly as Republicans nominate a candidate. Ironically, this Republican Party strategy will hand the White House keys to Clinton.
The most disappointed group of Republicans will be those who thought first-term Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ever had a shot at the nomination. Truth is, the Republican establishment despises Ted Cruz as much is it fears Donald Trump. They are using Cruz to stop Trump from getting to 1,237 delegates, which would make him the presumptive Republican nominee.
Cruz would lose the general election to a Democrat quicker than it takes Hillary Clinton to tell a lie. He is to the most conservative wing of the Republican Party what Bernie Sanders is to the most liberal side of the #Democratic Party; both are non sequiturs -- ideologically-driven candidates highly revered by the more extreme wing in their respective parties.
At the same time, liberal-slanted mainstream media keeps claiming that "it is not out of the realm of possibility that Cruz could be the next GOP nominee." They don't believe it, but they just don't want Republican voters focusing on the "establishment" Republicans' plan to introduce a surprise candidate at a brokered convention since that would benefit Trump.
Mainstream media, Republican establishment alliance
Temporarily, establishment Republicans are lockstep with mainstream media efforts to create the illusion of a potential Cruz nomination. Establishment Republicans will continue to use Cruz as a campaign strawman against Trump to ultimately legitimize their last-minute candidate.
What Republican and conservative-minded Independents need to bear in mind is that Cruz will not be the nominee, even if flying pigs buzz Cleveland with "Vote for Cruz" tattooed across their bellies. At the same time, Democrats are equally divided between Bernie Sanders supporters and establishment Democrats who thought Clinton only needed to show while publically swearing allegiance to Occupy and other groups with stale press releases.
To her chagrin, Clinton is now the target of a soon-to-conclude FBI investigation and is so unpopular within her own party that an aging Socialist who's been in the government since the 1970s has won seven out of the last eight Democratic primaries/caucuses. If Clinton is not indicted, FBI leaks will likely sink her campaign. If she is indicted, Clinton will be unelectable since she couldn't leave the White House wearing an ankle bracelet.
Two probable events determine elections
Boiled down, there are two things that could ensure victory for either party: an indictment will produce a Republican president, even with a brokered convention starring a surprise Republican candidate. Conversely, a brokered convention with a last-minute Republican candidate is the equivalent of rolling out a ruby-red carpet for the belated coronation of Hillary Clinton.
The bigger mystery is what happens if Clinton is not indicted and Trump gets to 1,237. That race may be too close to call. #Election 2016