On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, and Republicans will be in charge of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The last time Republicans held both the White House and both Houses of Congress was 1928.
If you’re going to be wrong, it helps to be in good company: Virtually nobody who claims to be a pollster, pundit, political analyst or operative (including yours truly) predicted that Trump would win. The math just didn’t work for Trump. He had to “run the table” (which any pool player knows is difficult) or “draw to an inside straight” (which any poker player knows will get you busted eventually). Based on everything we thought we knew, Hillary Clinton simply had too many paths to the magic 270 electoral votes, and he had too few.