Q: If back during the primaries both the Republicans and the Democrats had been secretly trying to throw the election without the other party realizing it, what would they have done differently?
A: Absolutely nothing.
We could be witnessing the effects of two vast conspiracies: each party successfully infiltrated the other to sabotage it from the inside, and each conspiracy was successful beyond its wildest dreams. (That would make a for great David Mamet movie.)
That, or both parties are run by a bunch of imbeciles.
The latter is much more likely.
We are being governed by our intellectual and moral inferiors. Let that sink in.