For those who read my earlier post, The Coffee Walk Bunch , this is the follow-up. I was away from the office on some training during election week. There were some e-mails to acknowledge the momentous events but the face to face had to wait until the next Monday. To say it was a contrast to the pre-election mood would be a gross understatement. That dispirited assemblage of men had been replaced by a jolly band of strutting conquistadores. Gone was all defeatism. Cast aside was the doom and gloom. All talk was of the stunning victory and the accompanying despair of the progressives. Schadenfreude was rampant. And personally gratifying was the acknowledgement of my brilliance as a steadfast proclaimer of the Trump victory. In fact my Tubman wager (although not literally possible to collect on due to the unavailability of a Tubman $20 bill) was celebrated with a framed and inscribed Jackson presented with all appropriate acclamation for the winner (that was me). I modestly accepted the winnings and gave a brief and animated address on the folly of betting against someone of my obvious accomplishments. Enthusiasm for this speech was, in my opinion, undeservedly muted and they instead congratulated themselves for being on the winning side. I let this Trump Triumphalism go on for about fifteen minutes just to be fair and also because I really enjoyed it too.
After that I brought them back to earth. “So you think God is in his heaven and all’s right with the world in this best of all possible worlds. Suckers! All you’ve got is a reprieve.” I spelled out the problems they faced.
- Although Trump had shown great discernment in identifying immigration as the underlying issue that needed to be addressed by a candidate, there was no way of knowing if he could or would solve that problem.
- The Democrats wouldn’t just fold up and go away and let Trump and Republicans have a free hand in undoing the Obama agenda.
- Trump was a completely unpredictable player. He might be a great help or he might actually do great harm to the country.
- Regardless of eventual success or failure of the Trump presidency, the weeks and months ahead would be full of frustration and uncertainty.
- The country itself had not unified. A few hundred thousand votes in a handful of states separated the progressives and conservatives from majority to minority. The nation was just as disunited as ever. Probably more so, based on the post election violence on display.
I’m not sure if they believed my assessment. I’m not sure if I wanted them to believe it. After all, the holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness and generous spirit even toward your enemies. Maybe we should embrace optimism at this time of year. It’s definitely more enjoyable than pessimism. Even the lousy coffee served by the cafeteria was described as better by those who somehow imbibe it. So I’ll grant them their respite until the Obama retreat. Then we’ll renew debate and solve the world’s problems, one lousy cup of joe at a time.