Hope is on the way

November 10, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

I finally figured out what's been bugging me since the election.

It seems I have misplaced my capacity to hope. Make no mistake, that's what the Democrats' stunning array of victories represents. Real hope, I hope, to the extent I can hope. (The late Donald Rumsfeld was my speech coach.) When this country arguably voted George W. Bush into office for a second term, hope went underground. And it has burrowed nigh unto China in the time since then.

I have completely lost the capacity to trust the president of the United States. About anything, at any time. George W. Bush has elevated snark and awe to a whole new level. He is the undisputed king of the congenitally clueless. Even now, it seems he doesn't (or refuses to) grasp the enormity of his botched presidency. Paul Krugman calls it Bush's "Reign of Error."

GWB has taken the world's hopeful trust and stomped that sucker flat. The First Dissembler has played fast and loose with us for more than six years (counting the run-up to 2000) and before that how long? Ann Richards could have told us.

Be advised that there is no inverse relationship between level of power and trustworthiness. The maverick Bush bunch is still dangerous and absolutely not to be trusted. That it sound advice, not Barbara's personal pathology.

So now what?

Fifteen years ago, I unplugged my television, covered it with a throw and made it into an end table. But I did watch TV on Tuesday night. And so it came to pass that for the first time, I saw the real-time faces and heard the voices of Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Jim Webb, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and countless others. The genuine future of our country.

Over the past few months, I've had a few conversations with Minnesota's new congressman-elect, Tim Walz (pictured above with his daughter), so I already knew how he looks and sounds, and that he is an earnest man of great integrity. Apparently people in his district experienced him the same way. This guy is the real real deal.

The pieces are in place. I see the possibilities. I'm definitely open to the possibility of hope and trust. I am. It's going to take a little while. Can we do it? Can I do it?

I hope so.

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