First off, by “politically nebulous” I suggest that Donald J. Trump has presented us with a phenomena we rarely see in Presidential politics. A successful candidate who’s truly neither Democrat or Republican, yet fits nicely with the transcending label of Moderate.
Now as to whether Trump’s political victories translate into a successful presidency is a matter left to Time and political nuance. So far – 12 weeks in – it’s been both rocky and promising. Dismissing pieces that do not fit (Flynn and Bannon), but finally appearing to gain balance and traction. Still a long, long way to go.
But one thing is certain, the power of The Left and The Right has been diminished by a man, who was never a Republican until he jettisoned the Democrats. It’s a subject dear to my heart … and translated several times into keyboard strokes.
There’s no doubt that Trump won by convincing many Moderates that he heard them and could empathize with their lives and their needs. The question is … Can he hold them?
That will only be answered through the gauge of his Success in the next 2-3 years. Even if President Trump decides to run again (I have my doubts.), he will be dealing with new factions disappointed in his drift Left or Right, depending on their point-of-view.
But Moderates tend not to look at politicians in terms of Left or Right per se. As a self-defined Moderate, I like to think we look at how well they do their job. My greatest desire – politically speaking – is that we maintain a voice that may have been finally heard!