Republicans Better Off Losing by Landslide, George Will Says

A narrow defeat would be the "worst conceivable outcome," Will says.

Will, a columnist for The Washington Post, argued that a landslide win for Clinton would help Republicans by giving the party room to distance itself from divisive candidates and from the "indignation industry," as he dubbed it, of talk radio and cable personalities.

He said, "The party has to look at its nominating process. It must never again have debates with 12 people onstage at a time."

"I don't know what you do to erect a kind of filter to keep a certain kind of candidate off the stage, but they have to work on their nominating process," he added.

Will said Comey's announcement about the review of possibly new Clinton emails was reckless, arguing that he broke FBI protocol for the wrong reasons.

"He sends this letter to Congress, saying emails of unknown content and unknown prominence might be 'pertinent' — that's a word to watch for here — to the prior Clinton investigation," Will said. "Something can be pertinent without being significant. That is, it could be pertinent in the sense that it's redundant evidence of what we already know, which was that she was, in Comey's language, 'extremely careless' in handling sensitive materials."

"This is not news people can use," Will continued. "It's of no help to voters. And it's of no help to anyone, so far as I can see."

"It's an old saying our grandmothers told us — don't talk unless you can improve the silence," he added. "I don't think he did."

While pundits and party leaders alike have been calling for updates from Comey in the investigation or a clarification of the wording in his letter, Will said, "That makes it worse, although his silence is bad enough, that could make it worse."

Some 20 million votes have already been cast, Will noted, and at just one week before the nation's decision day, he advised, "I think silence would be golden at this point."