The unraveling of the coalition that was supposed to carry Hillary Clinton to the White House had much to do with her inability to get traditional white Democrats to turn out. And many who did ended up voting for Donald Trump. Clinton beat Trump among black and Hispanic voters, albeit by a slimmer margin than Obama did in 2008 and 2012. But her effort to forge a winning coalition by leveraging that strength in diverse, urban areas was upended by Trump’s strength among whites. Meanwhile, Trump still managed to hold roughly the same level of minority support that Romney got in 2012.
Those who live by executive orders, die by executive orders. In his most notable foreign policy achievements, such as Iran and Cuba, President Barack Obama used executive authority that offered a convenient legal path around a Republican-controlled Congress committed to blocking his agenda. Come Jan. 20, Trump could reverse those achievements with the stroke of his pen.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, already in legal limbo after an October court decision, could find its powers scaled back by Trump and Congress. That may mean the end of many of the agency's rule-making actions that have enraged critics, including a proposal to stop companies from blocking customers from class action lawsuits and another one to limit payday lending.