Editor’s Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: December 2016

By Greta Belanger deJong

A note about last month’s cover.

It began with the idea, “What might the Oval Office look like with a woman at the helm?”

We imagined flowers, family photos, a certain grace not commonly felt. Cartoonist Stan Clawson drew mockup after mockup. After a certain point, it became absurd not to have Hillary Clinton in the image. So in she went.

After the election, some people expressed condolences; it did, after all, resemble a 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Daily Tribune headline situation.

We don’t look at it that way.

It was an act of the imagination, beautifully rendered. It played out one possible reality. In some alternative universe, somewhere, there’s likely a Hillary Clinton sitting back and enjoying the rewards of a challenge well met.

For those who truly deeply felt her loss, it is a bittersweet memento, and I expect it will live on in the files of many who appreciated the sentiment.

Besides, those “Dewey Beats Truman” newspapers are going for around $1,400 these days. The “Truman Beats Dewey” papers? Not so much.

This article was originally published on December 1, 2016.