Trump: the view from New Haven
I have just come to New Haven to give the Rostovtzeff lecture at Yale, which will be on imperial images, though drawing on different case studies from those I looked at last week. Central on this occasion will be Titian's lost 11 emperors, originally done for the Ducal Palace at Mantua in the 1530s. But more of that later, when I have actually delivered it tomorrow.
For the moment, I'm rather more gripped by the election results. And I confess to having spent the morning in bed watching the television, unedifying as it turns out to be. You can find my first thoughts on this in a "blog-like" post I did for the TLS (It's on a different system, to which I shall soon be migrating. But for the time being I am giving you a link here. Comments as usual on this site.)
Meanwhile as the morning has gone on, the speeches have generally got even less edifying. I realise (as I say in the post I've linked to) that it is generally seen as a good thing that those who were enemies until yesterday are "reaching out" to each other; it's part of the peaceful democratic transmission of power, as the tv commenters keep saying. But the inconsistency with what was being said yesterday is glaring (wasn't Trump saying that he wanted her locked up and would not accept the election result). And the facts are beginning to get less factual. I dont see quite how Paul Ryan gets to the figure of 7 out of 10 Americans wanting to change the direction America is going (Clinton won the popular vote, for heaven's sake).
It was only Clinton and Kaine who avoided the worst of these traps. She was quite straight about accepting the Trump victory, but didn't insincerely praise his virtues. And she went on to reiterate all the things she was fighting for (like women's rights, equality etc), most of which are to say the least not high on the Trump agenda.
Maybe it's paradoxically easier to give a concession speech than a victory speech. But she did it with style.