Media coverage has sought to paint the Trump transition effort as both haphazard and incoherent. The reality is his Foriegn Policy picks have been calculated and strategic, echoing points he has made for over a year
A decade ago it was common for neoconservative thinkers to claim that 9/11 marked the end of the "End of History" that began with the end of the Cold War. With hindsight, it merely marked the midpoint.
It is easy to blame this election on the polls, but looking back, everyone took for granted that voters who supported John Kerry and then Obama twice would never vote for Donald Trump. And no evidence could shake that.