By about midnight tonight, we in the U.K. will know whether or not the U.S.A. - and consequently the rest of the world - will have changed forever.
Predictably, Trump is using immigrants to inspire fear and hatred in an attempt to strengthen his position. There was no need to send all those troops to the borders, but it looked good to his supporters in the run-up to the mid-term elections. People are turning out in unprecedented millions, but nobody can predict which way they will vote. Unpredictability is the hallmark of Trump's office and the key to his success.
There was a very wise Democrat Senator on British radio this morning, advising his fellow Democrats not to make the very same mistake that got Trump elected in the first place - namely by categorising his Republican supporters as ill-educated idiots and alienating them to the extent that they believe Trump to be the only politician who listens to them, hears what they say, then acts on it.
They have to offer something else, but as yet nobody can quite figure out what. Trump has already taken their best bit by claiming credit for the upturn in the economy, when in fact he just jumped on the front of an upward trend which began 10 years ago under a Democrat administration.
If I had to put money on it, I would say that by the end of today, Trump will have many more Republicans in positions of power than he had yesterday and a new era of global politics will begin.
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