The New Era Begins

Color me as surprised as anyone by Donald Trump’s convincing electoral victory over Hillary Clinton. In the closest thing to a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment, the analytics people got the election fantastically wrong. Score one for the anti-geeks.

I am perhaps even more surprised by the fact that I am pleasantly surprised thus far with President-elect Trump. Moving Chris Christie out in favor of Mike Pence was the kind of move that someone who is beholding to no one would make. Preserving the key elements of Obamacare- no denial for pre-exisiting conditions and children on until 26, are the only parts of Obamacare worth saving. The funding mechanism needs dramatically re-thought. And Dodd-Frank protections around rating agency transparency and prohibition of complex derivatives are rumored to stay as well.

This type of flexibility is cause for great optimism about who President Trump will choose to be. But it does bring us back to one of the earliest questions about Donald trump- who is he really? Of course, only time will tell, but the early indicators look positive.

The chasm between campaigning and governing could feel overwhelming to a novice executive branch with a fully loaded Republican Congress ready to do its bidding. So many promises in the face of budget deficit realities. But this is a moment for an expert business leader to be at his best. Or more to say, not the same person we saw all too painfully up close on the campaign trail.

It feels like the country can finally be unified by a competent President-elect partnering with a willing congress. People seem willing, if not hopeful to embrace change that the country desires. Let’s hope that Donald J. Trump is up to this task.

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