Unsurprisingly, Trump Is Pedalling Backwards on his Stupidities
12 November 2016 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Mr Trump seems to be peddling backwards back on some of his dumber campaign pledges. Having promised to scrap President Barack Obama's healthcare law dubbed "Obamacare", he now says he is open to leaving intact key parts of the act and retooling it.
Asked by the Wall Street Journal whether he would implement a promise to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, he listed healthcare, jobs, border control and tax reform as greater priorities and said she was "very strong and very smart." His advisers also appear to be toning down his pledge to "rip up" the Iran nuclear deal.
As for the Wall between the US and Mexico, don't hold your breath. Nothing whipped up Trump's crowds at rallies more than his plan to build a wall on the southern border and somehow force Mexico to pay the cost. But even this might be in doubt. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a close adviser to Trump, told the Washington Post: "He'll spend a lot of time controlling the border. He may not spend very much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it, but it was a great campaign device.
Trump biographer Gwenda Blair also said the businessman was "entirely likely" to govern like a moderate Republican. "His pronouncements during the campaign were part of a performer's strategy of always controlling the headlines by saying something and then topping that and topping that," she said.
I think Blair's insight is best. A moderate republican concerned about Main Street and middle America and our country's infrastructure. Trump might yet make a great president if Blair is correct and Trump figures out how to negotiate and engineer his goals with a Republican congress. It will be interesting. Expect much infighting