PAUL BEDARD: White House Report Card: ‘No repudiation’ of Trumpism, but no reelection either. “The truth is that he almost won. He fired up his base and proved that he could deliver a big Election Day vote, just as his opponent brought out a very enthusiastic before-election vote. The economy was the top issue, and the president is still seen as handling it better than his opponent. He also won among voters who said they needed a strong leader. In the one-month period before the election, the economy won back over 600,000 jobs. And yet, Trump still lost.”

Well, unofficially.