Friday, December 9, 2016
Trump’s already showing strength — but is that enough to govern?
At NYPOST by John Podhoretz --
Since past presidencies and presidential candidates offer precious little understanding of what the Trump administration will be like, we’re better off seeking clues in the workings of the president-elect’s campaign — and what he believed he was doing and why he succeeded.
Interviews and discussions involving his senior campaign staff and the staffs of his rivals reveal one salient fact: Through all the bluster and the multifarious offenses that many of us mistakenly believed would derail him, Donald Trump himself reveled in simplicity. “We just stuck on the same message the entire time,” his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said last week. “It was so simplistic, and it didn’t target any specific demographic.”
Trump had a single, unified message: America had lost its way, and he would guide it again to greatness. In other words, the entirety of his campaign was conveyed through that red cap with the “Make America great again” slogan on it.