Well, Mr. Trump has pulled off the seeming impossible. Incited a populist revolt that hasn't happened in a long time. He ain't my favorite guy but hopefully he'll take advantage of the opportunity the people have afforded him and Make America Great Again. In all honesty, if he can get Obamacare fixed I'll consider it a success. Well, and re-jigger some of our trade deals. I'm a small business guy so those are my priorities. Despite the Republicans holding the Senate and House, he's going to have some head winds after the first year and something unforeseen will occur and he'll have to deal with that. It happens to every President. It's ok. I hope Mr. Trump is the most successful President in history. That's what Americans do.
From a purely political perspective, well, that's interesting. I worked the polls for about 6 hours yesterday and had the chance to chat with a bunch of folks. I was fretting that, at the end of the day, the Republicans might have nominated the one person that might lose to Hillary. One of my Democrat friends suggested that they feared the same thing: that Hillary might be the only candidate who could lose to Trump. Fascinating stuff. I still think that the national Republican party needs to think about what happened and what might be done to fine tune the process, our platform and consolidate our gains. The Democrats, well, they pretty much have to start from scratch and I'd be lying if I said I'm not glad to close the books on the Clintons. I expect Paul Ryan is going to have a tough couple of weeks but that the Senate leadership will remain unchanged.
On the local level, congratulations to those who won and for those who weren't successful, stay involved. Local government makes more difference in peoples lives – even though they don't know it – than any other level. The makeup of the Council has profoundly changed – it's a split between republicans and democrats. They must find middle ground and move our city forward.