Here's what I think is wrong for the Republicans:
President Obama Job Approval
Net Approval +6.9
Real Clear Politics poll averages. That approval should be at minus double digits. Either we aren't messaging or he is doing things right and we've got it wrong.
But people also know the country is headed in the wrong direction:
Direction of Country
Right Direction 28.0
Wrong Track 64.3
Wrong Track +36.3
Maybe Obama's approval is personal and won't hand off to his successor. But right now it is Obama and not Bill who is the best campaigner. Reagan helped pull GHW Bush over the line. We haven't herd the last from Michelle O in this campaign either.
Who are the Republican power horses that can step in to support Trump-Pence to match the power of this incumbent President? There are none in the first place and secondly the best among them are lukewarm at best on the candidate.