A drive through Nashville's privileged Belle Meade neighborhood caught my eye with at least two giant "Trump-Pence" flags waving outside multimillion-dollar mansions. This, in a city with the highest per-capita income in Tennessee, sitting in a municipal hub that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton, within a state that went Trump.
Put simply: The dividing lines that have been drawn over Trump's victory are messy, and therefore, difficult to mend. And Americans on the street appear less willing to buy into Trump's new tone than investors do.
Part of the problem driving the wedge is that we still don't know which Trump we're going to get: Hard or soft. With nearly seven weeks to go until Inauguration Day, the new cabinet offers the best glimpse at the future policy direction. The most important position to fill will be the secretary of state, due to the stark difference between the candidates under consideration.
The appointment of outspoken Trump critic, Mitt Romney, would be a win for those in the "soft" Trump camp. The former presidential candidate, who famously called Trump a fraud at the peak of Primary season, would provide a contrarian's voice to keep some of the president-elect's more extreme views, and the Trump-Putin "bromance" in check.
On the other hand, former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, will send a signal that Trump is eager to surround himself with campaign loyalists who will toe the line in the Oval Office. Giuliani also carries with him some of the same baggage as his potential boss when it comes to questions over conflicts of interests surrounding his consulting firm and foreign governments. If the "yes-man" prevails over qualifications in the secretary of state pick, then we should all be bracing for "hard" Trump headwinds through year end.