If you believe the FiveThirtyEight electoral forecast, Donald Trump has only between a 14- and 16-percent chance of becoming president.
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Bill Clinton ran for president as a “New Democrat,” one who would thread the needle between Left and Right.
George W. Bush promised that he was “a uniter, not a divider” and a “compassionate conservative.”
Barack Obama, from the time of his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, presented himself as a figure who could bridge the growing partisan divide.
All three men were, I believe, quite sincere in their self-conceptions as standing against partisan polarization.
The past two election cycles, my wife and I have hosted a “No Cheers, No Jeers,” non-partisan election returns party.