“I can tell you one thing, Jack,” said the tipsy stranger who introduced himself at a local watering hole. “It’s going to be a long four years,” he lamented, as if the election of Barack Obama meant impending doom.

I smiled and nodded in agreement, thinking privately, “Hell, it’s been a long eight years,” an assessment I knew instinctively the gentleman wouldn’t have agreed with and for partisan reasons that wouldn’t have been the least bit reasonable.

In some ways the bitter divide between the most partisan Republicans and Democrats appears to have widened since the election. All of the Obama-lovers, who are embracing “change,” have a way of enraging all the Obama-haters, who are already predicting catastrophe. The feeling’s mutual.

This is all symbolic nonsense.

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