Look at his Cabinet picks so far. Competent men and women who shun the limelight. As boring as watching tapioca rise. Fortunately, we have Trump who gets into mischief and keeps us entertained. Dennis the Menace meets Richie Rich.
But make no mistake, Donald Trump is a conventional, workaholic tycoon. He represents the Republican wing of the Republican Party. He fits right in there with Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan.
And as the wheels turn at Trump Tower and spit out competent after competent for appointment to high office, it becomes clear: Trump is a mainstream, cut taxes, help the truly needy, football-and-golf Republican.
Far from doing improvisation, he actually followed the Republican plan.
Don't get me wrong. He trashed the Washington establishment. They deserved thrashing.
Meanwhile, Never Trumpers are high-fiving and sneering at Democrats as if Never Trump had anything to do with President Trump's historic, 30-state landslide victory. But Never Trump is as out of touch as Democrats are.
Consider this dreck from National Review on October 24:
Before rushing toward a plan to rebuild the conservative movement, let’s pause to ask the right questions about what went wrong.
There is much discussion among Republicans, and particularly for those of us who have long counted ourselves as Never Trump, about the future of the Republican party once Donald Trump is defeated on November 8, as many of us expect he will be.You told us so, eh?
Except for the part where he actually won.
The column asked a bunch of nonsensical questions:
Does the restoration of the Republican party require total reconciliation — or is there a faction that needs to be driven out, similar to what William F. Buckley Jr. did to the John Birch Society? Are there “deplorables”? If so — and I would say the Stephen Bannon/Brietbart.com–led alt-right movement certainly qualifies — how large is that group, and what needs to be done about them?Idiots. Buckley purged conservatism and we wound up with HEW (now HHS and Education), EPA and the other elements of the welfare state because conservatives were divided for a generation until Reagan brought them together in 1980. By then it was too late to euthanize Medicaid.
Having told us Trump was doomed, National Review now mocks Democrats:
The Democrats’ Days of Rage and Denial
Their self-delusion in defeat is as predictable as a sunrise.No, National Review, you do not get to mock Democrats because you are just as delusion and just as defeated.
You didn't build this.
Those alt-righters did.
You stood on the sidelines silently rooting for Hillary Clinton to win so she could appoint crazies to the courts.
You see, the dirty little secret is a liberal Supreme Court is better for ginning up donations than a conservative court. You get nine Alitos on the bench and the money stops flowing.
But National Review does not matter. The Republican Party under Trump does. After Romney lost in 2012, Reince Priebus ordered the party to do an autopsy.
Josh Marshall of Talking Points memo delivered a good summary:
1. Pass Immigration Reform Yesterday
Normally the RNC's focus is more on infrastructure and staff than policy, which is left to politicians to chart. But the party's standing with Latino voters has gotten so dangerously low that the RNC's report openly begs Republicans to change their position in defiance of the party's own 2012 platform.
2. Listen To Minorities
Much of the report is about encouraging Republicans to listen not just to Republican minorities, but to reach out to black, Hispanic, and Asian American voters in their own communities.
3. Gays Aren't Going Away
It's not a coincidence that more Republicans are endorsing gay marriage: gay rights has gone from a wedge issue against Democrats in 2004 to a topic President Obama actively highlighted in his 2012 campaign.
4. Epistemic Closure Is Real
There's been a long running debate on the intellectual right about whether the GOP suffers from "epistemic closure," a condition in which conservatives block out all dissenting voices until eventually their own arguments sound nonsensical to anyone who doesn't already agree with them. The RNC report concludes this is a real and growing problem.
5. Look To The States
The RNC report makes a careful distinction between federal Republicans -- bad! -- and state Republicans -- good! The GOP currently holds 30 governorships and many of them, like Chris Christie in New Jersey and John Kasich in Ohio, have been both moving to the center and gaining in popularity recently. They stand in stark contrast to House Republicans, who have more conservative constituencies and typically have been more inflexible in their views.
6. Stop Being The Rich Guys
Less than year after nominating a millionaire investor who proclaimed that "corporations are people," the RNC is concerned that the party has become too closely tied with wealthy interests.Guess what?
The plan worked.
Knock off that first item -- amnesty -- and you have President Trump's campaign.
Let's start from the bottom: No. 6. Stop being the rich guys. No matter how many billions Trump has he always identified with the working class because that is what he is.
He works. He is in Trump Tower interviewing people for hours on end as he assembles a world-class team of competents.
He is also reviewing every executive order Obama ever issued and reading how to repeal mountains of regulations and red tape. Every now and then he tweets something, or trots out Kanye West to keep the rubes in the press occupied.
No. 5. Look to the states. Trump took Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin back thanks to the good records of Governors Branstad, Kasich and Walker. Yes, Kasich is acting like a jerk now, but Ohio is solidly Republican thanks to his good work as governor.
No. 4. Listen to more than the conservative echo chamber. Trump does, which is why the National Review is mad.
No. 3. Gays Aren't Going Away. Notice that Trump ignored gay marriage. Conservatives cannot win the argument when framed by liberals. So ignore it. Peter Thiel's support came not because Trump will let Thiel marry his partner, but because Trump will save the country.
No. 2. Listen to minorities. On Tuesday, Jim Brown and Ray Lewis visited Trump and came away with the message that Trump listens and cares. Brown is 80 and has lived civil rights from when he could not play in the South. You cannot fool him. I really think Trump does care about African-Americans and will not just come around the neighborhood at election time.
Which leaves No. 1. Amnesty.
Republicans needed to stand for something. They did. They won. Now they are Trumplicans.
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