The other morning my early-rising wife addressed herself to the somnolent bulge that was my gloomy side of the bed, recommending, with lovable if jarring enthusiasm, that instead of “burrowing deeper, like a mole ... you should just leap up and tell yourself, ‘I’ve got this!’” 

Not feeling especially leapy in the moment, I didn’t think it was a great idea — though I did warm to it later, even fleetingly sensing its larger relevance given our dismal national condition. However, at country level it’s not optimism that’s wanted but a bold choice. ..

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