LoD can't accept the concepts of building, prospects, improvement over time.
Any time a reference is made to the team being built to contend, the LoD comes with [year + 2] function joke.
The failure to sign free agent X dooms this team to years of failure.
Hope is gullibility and acceptance of the current team leadership.
When the Nats do sign a free agent, it is just what is to be expected and not a sign that the management may have a plan on how to build a team.
Sanity. If the SSS had a leader, it would be JCA. But of course the world of unicorns and rainbows knows only true equality and no leaders are required.