Frankly written opinion piece, with the added benefit of coming from "outside the fray".
"Presidents have always commanded attention. Theodore Roosevelt called the White House his "bully pulpit" - the place from which he could demand attention and advance his agenda.
But Donald Trump has his own bully pulpit, 55 million Twitter followers and a penchant for saying the outrageous.
You feel that everything in American life is a reaction to what Donald Trump has said, his followers adoring it, his opponents deploring it and the candidates actually on the ballot trying to get a word in edgeways".