Well, water is flowing uphill, pigs are flying and snowballs are accumulating in hell. In other words, it looks like Donald J. Trump is going to be president of the United States. With Trump winning, it is worth reflecting on exactly what “winning” means. Does it mean a wall? Mass forced deportation? Criminal pursuit of Trump opponents? Or, is it the change voters have wanted for a decade, the bull that was needed in the china shop and a pro-business jump-start to the economy?
I was one of those people who was always waiting for Trump to pivot to a persona of a more sensible and credible person. He never did. So, should Republicans think Trump will pivot to something different and better as president? And by the way, let’s not forget that with this win, he will be a very powerful president. It is rare for a president’s party to control the House and the Senate – not to mention having a majority of governors and state legislators.
The left clearly needs to rethink the death of the Republican Party. Pollsters and pundits need to rethink how we try to “tune in” to America. Obviously, Republicans need to reconcile what it means to be a Republican. Do Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) all represent the same party? Do they even want to be in the same party? Winning soothes a lot of problems and, right now, no Republican wishes they could change places with the Democrats.
But obviously, prospective Republican candidates need to think about the lessons learned in 2016. What does it mean to be “Trump-esque”? Is there a formula for a new type of campaign?
Sheesh. I don’t have any answers, but it sure is going to be interesting watching it all unfold.