Reason presents its quadrennial survey of presidential preferences among its writers. There's not a lot of love for the major party offerings. Contributors also have the opportunity to offer their impressions of the Era of Hope and Change. A sampling.
Nick Gillespie will miss "The foolish, momentary optimism some people had that nothing could be as bad as the Bush years."
Bill Kauffman will miss "I'll miss Barack's empathetic understanding of small-town Americans and Michelle's sparkling wit."
David Weigel offers a longer meditation. "I think it's a very good thing that the wild optimism that accompanied Obama was put in check. One of the stranger aspects of this election cycle was seeing so many people flock to Bernie or Trump in the hopes that an Honest Politician could fix Washington. That baffled me—for a whole generation, the lesson of Obama was that there are gigantic and often useful veto points and that you should not see presidential candidates as white knights. You should not idolize them. You want change? You're on your own; get to work. You're scared that the new leader will 'fundamentally transform' the country? Actually, you can stop him." That about sums it up: the creepy and failed Cult of Obama becomes the meandering Cult of Trump or the symbolic and corrupt Cult of Hillary.
Mollie Hemingway delivers several backhanded compliments. "I will miss Obama's comity and executive restraint, the way he followed through with his promises to rein in government and manage wars better than George W. Bush did, his steadfast avoidance of killing American citizens without due process, and the way he worked so hard to keep the federal bureaucracy from persecuting people for their political and religious beliefs."
Cheer up, it could be worse. Might as well cheer up, it is going to be worse.