My 2022 predictions for the nation


Nancy Pelosi announces on June 24 her plans to create a House committee to investigate the events of Jan. 6. (Associated Press )

We can argue whether 2021 was “the least bad year of the last two years,” as “The Daily Show” claimed, considering that it began with a bloody insurrection at the Capitol and ended with U.S. COVID-19 deaths exceeding 820,000. Yet rather than debate the past, let’s look ahead to 2022 and what it could hold for the nation and its riven social fabric.

I’m mostly pessimistic.

A year ago I was among the 8 in 10 Americans who were optimistic about leaving godawful 2020 behind, only to be disappointed by 2021. Maybe the opposite will prove true, and my pessimism about the coming year will turn out to be misplaced. Time will tell, but here’s what to watch (out) for:

The House Jan. 6 committee. Republicans’ success in blocking an independent, 9/11-like…

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