Electoral Paradise Lost: Rethinking Priorities in the Aftermath of Political Defeat | Crisis Magazine

Michelangelo Garden of Eden

On November 7th—the day after President Obama’s re-election—a lot of conservative bloggers tried to make the best of a bad outcome, but hyperbole also seems a frequent sight in the headlines. “The End of America I Know.” “The Day After America.” “Is America Still Exceptional?” Many seem to feel as though the republic has fallen. Hope is gone.

Being the literature nerd that I am, my mind immediately turns to the greatest English poem to ever lament a republican loss: John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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