By Jim Bowman
Reading Wall St. Journal: Trump's policies have become Republican policies. Previous policies are "all on the wane." To achieve this radical transformation , Trump had to win, and that's all he had to do.
Outside Washington, Republicans found themselves trying to define the new Republicanism. Post-expected-Dem victory, GOP was to be in disarray. Now GOP is in the catbird seat, prepared to press its advantage. (Let the media rage.)
"We have learned from the lessons of last night," said a moderate Republican state senator in Ohio. Wow. He will change from a moderate Republican -- RINO, in name only, to the right -- to Trumpist. A former South Carolina state chairman said he has to learn how to do this.
In her farewell address, Hillary talked about the glass ceiling : it hasn't been smashed, but "some day someone will . . ." (Is there a Margaret Thatcher in our future?)
Her victory party at the Javits Center would have been held under an actual glass ceiling.
So. There's an end of fulmination. She retires to Chappaqua. And there's a start of hardball -- smiling at this point but surely in the works -- to achieve results to make America great again.
He's kicking himself for missing voters' "deep disenchantment" that propelled Trump to the White House, she writes. He hesitated to analyze it further, but couldn't resist the smart Ms. S., who got him going after her 2nd or 3rd question. (Good girl, lady.)
He cited the economy, "culture and racial issues," Lack of "respect for diversity," meaning for "3rd, 4th, 5th-generation" citizens" who found Trump OK despite his big-mouthism and slapdash characterizations (and I think he knew what he was doing, getting his big ideas across with stunning rhetoric -- he wasn't explaining Aristotle to undergraduates, was he?
All in all, and the last few lines are mine alone, a rather good analysis. Good for him and good for her.
An AP story about protesters: Trump's "a fascist" a protester said. "The idea we can elect a guy who . . . We can't let that stand." And so must protest it, apparently.
An Oak Parker whose father had immigrated from Panama had an opposite view. His father did it right, he said. Trump was "not racist, but wants things properly done.
Finally in S-T, Lynn Sweet, freed from her unfortunate puff-piece-about-Obama-family mode, cites "middle-class anger" which "the media missed."
She notes also that Trump commended Bernie Sanders more than once from the stump (as another who knew the anger), and maybe most important of all, turned out to be not a drag on the ticket, but a help.
Indeed, as WSJ explained, now it's Republicans super omnes, thanks to the very Trump who was supposed to be their ruin.
They didn't know it, most of them, but they ran on his coattails -- which was maybe the biggest surprise of all in an election full of them.
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