Pundits and ordinary citizens are seeking a silver lining to Trumpâ€™s election victory. The social psychologists tell us that such â€œsituational optimismâ€ is probably healthy. It promotes resilience, though itâ€™s not particularly grounded in reality.
–Millions mayÂ lose their health insurance.
–Climate change deniers will play key roles in environmental policy.
–Senate Republicans will be rewarded for their procedural intransigence with aÂ Supreme Court majority.
–Undocumented immigrants face greater cruelty and uncertainty.
–An ignorant isolationist with the appallingly resonant slogan â€œAmerica firstâ€ now controls our nuclear arsenal, and will set diplomatic and military policy on NATO, Ukraine, the South China Sea, and Syria.
–A President of conspicuous grace and personal integrity will be replaced by a personally cruel, grifting demagogue.
Trumpâ€™s election has already and inflicted permanent damage on our country. Thereâ€™s no getting away from that. But those of us who lost Tuesday can still build something from the wreckage. My latest Washington Post essay notes some concrete things we can do.