I’m some varying combination of sad and horrified at the election results.
At present I have only one vaguely productive thing to say: if the best account people can come up with is that maybe Trump is such a pathological liar, or has so few fixed ideas and principles, that the administration will begin a reboot, jettisoning everything it ran on, then we are totally screwed.
Because that’s just stupid.
Slightly less implausible is the theory that the Czar is to be surrounded by advisors drawn from the right fringe of the GOP establishment, and that they will enact most of their fevered dream policies. I suppose that is possible, but substantial parts of that agenda would be a monumental and visible sellout of the hope-starved groups who elected Trump in the first place. It won’t look good in four years. While there will likely be some of that, particularly in the less visible ways (tax credits! pollution! privatization!), as a general matter I don’t see why we should think they’re that dumb. Sure, reward your insiders, but do it in ways that look good to the base: cut safety, environment, anti-discrimination regulations, stuff they blame for their woes.
That is why I commend to you this very fine essay Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Gessen. Perhaps it is a little bleak, but better to start from a position of realism than self-delusion. It might be the first thoroughly sensible thing I’ve read since the election.