Well, I’ll be honest. I had another column in mind for this week. 
I thought I’d write about the future of the Republican Party following the candidacy of Donald Trump. The column would have examined how the Republican Party could pick up the pieces and redefine itself following Trump’s divisive campaign and ultimate defeat. 
Then, Tuesday night happened and Trump was elected president. Oops.
As you can imagine, my column topic has changed. The impending Trump presidency has left me with many thoughts and questions. Below, I will give a synopsis of what I’ve been thinking in the past few days.
•As Trump neared the electoral college threshold early Wednesday morning, my first question involved his cabinet. What will it look like? Will Trump, the political novice, surround himself with deeply entrenched political figures that can help guide him as he moves into the most demanding job in America. 
Trump alienated so many within his own party throughout his campaign. Will that pose a challenge in trying fill the 15 cabinet positions? I assume Trump allies like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions will also play some role in a Trump administration. 
Will he reach out and offer a position to a Democrat? Maybe it’ll be one (like Hillary Clinton) to whom he donated large sums of money prior to his entrance into politics. 
•Trump’s campaign suggested he likes to keep a tight circle. Now, he has to fill a number of positions in a sprawling federal bureaucracy. How will he handle that? How will he handle leaks within his own administration? 
Trump is famous for his catchline “You’re fired.” However, I don’t believe he should use it often in the Oval Office. The last thing Trump wants is a number of headlines about intra-White House politics. A challenge for Trump will be focusing on governing, not controlling his staff (or his Twitter account).
•What will be the relationship between Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill? That’s what I’m most interested to see play out in the first 100 hundred days of Trump’s presidency. Will he and House speaker Paul Ryan mend fences? 
The two men hold contrasting versions of conservatism. Will they be able to come together to create a cohesive agenda?
•Sure, Republicans held onto power in the U.S. Senate, but that still may be where Trump finds his biggest opposition. I doubt it will just be Democrats. There are nearly a dozen GOP senators who were extremely anti-Trump throughout the campaign. They include Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, who all ran against him in the Republican primary. The group also includes the likes of Nebraska’s Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona. 
How will this block react to Trump? Will they stand their ground and be the force within the GOP that attempts to rein in Trump at times and put their own mark on conservatism?
•Democrats aren’t dead. Many pundits said Tuesday was the worst night for Democrats in history. Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t. I’m not a historian. But let’s not act like the party is dead. If anything, this election has shown the pundits are full of garbage. 
I think a Trump presidency could be an opening for a groundswell movement in the Democratic Party, just as President Barack Obama’s presidency fueled the right’s Tea Party movement, which I believe opened a window for Trump to win over the GOP. 
Our political process is cyclical, not deterministic. Democrats will see success again, probably sooner than the pundits are currently saying. 
•Lastly, it’s not doomsday in America. Many are afraid this is end of America as we know it. Nonsense. Sure, I don’t like the man we elected, but it’s time to move on and hope for a successful four years. 
As my brother pointed out on Facebook, we survived presidents Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant.
The president is the most powerful American, but he is also only one of more than 300 million Americans. He may define our agenda and our image to the world, but we get to put our own stamp on our country as well. 
Many believe this was an election that highlights our division. Let’s knock that narrative on its head.
Let’s push for unity. The fate of our country is up to us, not our president-elect. Let’s also push President Trump to be the best man and leader possible. 
As one former president once said: “Ultimately, the success of a nation depends on the character of its citizens.”
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What do you think? Email your thoughts to n.rubbelke@thecr.com.