It looks like the Trump-as-Manchurian-candidate push has failed. Far too many media outlets in the US are going to be very disappointed that their President is not a traitor but just happened to campaign better than Mrs Clinton did.
I particularly enjoyed this Time Magazine cover:
In the meantime Tyler Cowan summarises the winners and losers:
The media comes up as one of the biggest losers. While Matt Taibbi’s recent critical account is exaggerated, the mainstream media did talk up the Russia collusion story for two years plus, and now it seems overdone. After the media botched the “Hillary’s emails” story, there was plenty of talk of “never again.” It now seems that all along a new false set of stories was being created, albeit in a different direction. That will be perceived as a significant loss of media credibility, even if you think there is a more finely grained exculpatory story involving accountability some highly suspicious circumstances.
The bigger negative effect may be on media profitability. Trump- and Russia-related stories often have done very well for getting clicks, and indeed the dramatic stakes with those issues have been very, very high. But now it is easy to see the American public losing a lot of its interest in this line of inquiry. The line of “Trump is still corrupt and New York state now will get at him,” while quite possibly correct, isn’t nearly as big of a draw.
Oh, and another beneficiary is Steve Moore, Trump’s most recent nominee to the Federal Reserve Board. He has come in for a great deal of critical commentary, but at this point Republican Senators are less likely to cross a jubilant, resurgent Trump on the matter of a single nomination, and not one very much in the public eye.
I’m hoping that Sarah Sanders treats the vanquished with the contempt that they have earned.