Here's the political narrative underpinning the rise of Donald Trump: The American public is fed up with dysfunction in Washington over the last nearly eight years of President Obama. It needs a Galahad somehow to save a nation that has lost its way.
Trump's very slogan, promising to "Make America Great Again," assumes a condition, however, that flies in the face of economic indicators that dispute the gloom that he and the Republican Party have been crowing about throughout Obama's second term.
Foremost of these is the steady job growth that has reduced the national unemployment rate to 5 percent -- a level considered by many economists to constitute full employment in practical, achievable terms.
The progress achieved after what is now known as the Great Recession of 2008 has been little appreciated, especially given the depth of the economic quagmire Obama inherited from his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, who also bequeathed him two unfinished wars.