September 5, 2012 12:41 PM

Commentary: What comes next after hope and change?

In Dante Alighieri’s

Divine Comedy

, the narrator is conveyed to the gates of hell, upon which he finds a sign: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” This city is not hell. But a case can be made, as the Democratic Party convenes here to nominate Barack Obama to a second term, that the same admonition applies. Abandon hope.

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