Looking around the ballroom, the first thing you notice is the lack of regalia -- no tuxes, no flowing gowns, no shiny footwear, no clinking jewels.
Nor should there be, for this is the Inaugural Consolation Ball for the people of Not Trump Nation.
There is nothing to celebrate for them – for us -- when into the Oval Office strides meanness and venality in the place of grace and dignity.
It’s bad. But some things about the Inaugural Consolation Ball are quite heartening.
One thing is how many people are there -- nearly 65.8 million, the number who voted for Hillary Clinton (contrasted with the winning 62.9 million for you-know-who).
And something about all those not-Trump voters:
A whole bunch weren’t interested in dancing when the inauguration rolled around. They were interested in marching – hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands in the nation’s capitals, hundreds of thousands overseas.