‘What not having hope feels like’ is odd way of ‘going high’

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In what was described as her look back at eight years in the White House, this one with Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama talked of “going high” as an allusion to taking the proverbial “high road,” but in the midst of her chat, she said something that has grabbed some attention.

“Now,” Mrs. Obama told Winfrey, “we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

It was a remark that referenced the 2008 Obama campaign slogan “Hope and Change.” For many Americans, however, the “change” has been mostly bad, and they have rekindled hope that the Donald Trump presidency will put the country back on what they feel is the right track.

But correspondent David Gregory may have added to the chagrin felt by some when he remarked on CNN the other day, “I think she’s giving voice to what a lot of Democrats in the country feel, which is not just disappointment that their side lost, but a real sense of being disconsolate about the future; despairing about the future.”

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One might have hoped Democrats are made of sterner stuff. After all, when President Obama was elected, the streets didn’t fill with protesters, nor did people have screamfests when the Electoral College cast its votes. They didn’t even try to talk electors into changing their votes. Conservatives took it in stride in 2008 and again in 2012, and went back to work. After all, they had bills and taxes to pay.

Liberals, on the other hand, seem to be taking Trump’s victory rather hard, and the dominant media seem intent on justifying that poor loser attitude; an attitude exemplified on election night when Hillary Rodham Clinton could not even appear to speak to her supporters. Instead, she sent John Podesta.

It has to make matters even worse when Clinton on Monday lost more votes in the Electoral College than did Trump. She lost a total of five electoral votes – including four in one state, Washington – while Trump lost only two votes, down in Texas. The final tally, according to the Seattle Times, was 304 votes for Trump and 227 for Clinton. It takes 270 electoral votes to win.

Next time around, perhaps Democrats can find a candidate who is far less polarizing; someone who doesn’t refer to half of the GOP supporters as “deplorables,” or who makes trashing the Second Amendment a cornerstone of the Democrat campaign.

In the meantime, the nation appears to be in for another round of “change,” and that seems to be giving hope to a lot of people who have felt the past eight years was a national nightmare of apologist international politics and domestic divisiveness.


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