Russell was the beneficiary of some bonehead moves this year. First Tyson then JT, and lately Candace (what exactly was she thinking).
I think Parvati should be on the short list of greatest player ever. She does basically what Russell does (manipulate people into voting the way they want them to) but doesn't make people hate her while doing it.
I think Sandra is going to win it all (not a spoiler, just an opinion). Unless she goes in with a Hero she's going to get their votes because she was honest with them about not trusting Russell.
Russell will never win because for every brilliant strategic move, he makes two stupid social moves. He apparantly didn't learn his lesson the last time around.
But he's lost this way once, so who knows? Think I like about this season is that nothing's for sure.