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Optimism Is Dead Again

Who can be chipper with a president trying to steal an election?

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A view of the White House during rain from a motorcade. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Well, we had one day, at least.

One day to celebrate, to feel relief, to believe that things were finally turning a corner. When Joe Biden was announced as the president-elect on Saturday, it was sunny and warm, and everything felt possible. It was nice…

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Jessica Valenti

Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.

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