Donald Trump plays an important role in this story, because his overt racism and sexism created "values" stakes for these voters. That is, these elections have turned on core values of inclusion, fairness, equality, and democracy.
Wanting to have the last word, to write your own history or to speak at your own wake, is a natural human impulse. Former American presidents are afforded that licence, and more besides.
In a country lacking any real leadership from the sitting president, former presidents have a newly important role to play.
The FBI and the Las Vegas sheriff will keep digging in Paddock's hard drive, but they're digging in the wrong place. They need to start digging somewhere in the heart of American identity.