November 9, 2016

There are literally millions of people to blame and a host of unsettling phenomena to lament, but let’s consider who might be our heroes in 2020.

  1. Anthony Kennedy. If he finally fully embraces the better angels of his nature and understands that he is uniquely positioned to act as a bulwark against bigotry and repression, he could be a hero.
  1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Anthony Kennedy (again). They can all be heroes just by living for another four years–especially RBG.
  1. Women Republican Senators. If the four (hopefully not five) female Republican senators (from Maine, Alaska, Nebraska, and West Virginia–and hopefully no longer New Hampshire) decide to stand against the worst parts of the new President’s agenda, they could be heroes.
  1. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and other current Democratic heroes. They have the trust and hopes of us progressives in their hands, and I hope they keep rising in stature. I suspect Elizabeth Warren especially will be a force of nature over the next four years.
  1. The military leadership. If there’s ever a moment where the fate of millions hangs in the balance, let’s hope conscience trumps Trump’s ego.
  1. Anyone who’s staying behind in Washington, DC as part of the next administration. Let’s hope their experience and insight will help make sure the new President can’t do anything to truly tank the economy or “blow up” the world’s longest-lived, most stable republic.
  1. The Obamas. I suspect we haven’t heard the last from these brilliant, talented, compassionate leaders–not by a longshot.
  1. Us. We can all be heroes, but only if we don’t move to Canada and only if we keep fighting for justice and rationality. Betsey Finn and I are thinking of moving to a battleground state before the next presidential election. Who knows–maybe Elizabeth Warren will win by two votes there in 2020. I would definitely feel like a hero then. 🙂