What I got wrong in 2020

Writing opinion columns about the state of the country and the world is a little like trying to pen an authoritative review of a film viewed from the front row of an IMAX theater. The perspective is wildly distorted, with some details magnified beyond all reason and others lost in a blur of distant, fleeting images seen from a sharply skewed angle.

This is especially true during a presidential election year, when events that consume a couple days of the news cycle can briefly come to seem incredibly important, only to be swiftly forgotten, leaving no longer-lasting mark on the broader sweep of events.


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