Former W. word-slinger Michael Gerson, on "the long-term political crisis faced by the triumphant GOP":
Trump won the presidency in a manner that undermines the GOP’s electoral future. He demonstrated that the "coalition of the ascendant" — including minorities, millennials and the college-educated — is not yet ascendant. But in a nation where over half of children under 5 years old are racial or ethnic minorities, it eventually will be. Trump was elected by a 70 percent white electorate. But that was about two percentage points lower than in the 2012 election — and that number has been dropping by about two points each presidential election for decades. Trump’s white-turnout strategy is not the wave of the future; it is the last gasp of an old and disturbing electoral approach.
In 2020, after four years of Trumpian devastation, the gasp will transform into asphyxiation — a vomiting gag of shame and self-correction. Last week's election was the ugliest of freakish occurrences of voter insanity, combined with an oddball electoral system that ignores the actual, winning vote. Perhaps America had to hit rock bottom — indeed, the very rockiest of bottoms — before its citizens realized that the franchise is a sacred trust.