Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayJanuary 12, 20179min928

It’s apparent that Donald J. Trump was — to employ a neologism coined by President George W. Bush 16 years ago — misunderestimated. But those who gave odds that he couldn’t transform from a successful businessman into a successful politician are now betting he can’t transform from a successful politician into a successful statesman. Meanwhile, his admirers expect the world of him. And worlds are notoriously difficult to deliver. These facts lead to this conclusion: It will be hugely helpful if the new president can make a strong start, by which I mean demonstrating leadership and vision and, most important, achieving a few quick but significant victories.