I find myself generally to be an optimist. Maybe that’s one reason I love the Gipper so much; that great and good man defined optimism. It was practically his faith.
To be sure, I’m not always optimistic. I do have my dark days.
For the better part of Friday, despite the hectic nature of the week — and the considerations of the impact of Sunday’s vote in the House of Representatives on our freedom, our economy and of course our health care system — I was feeling pretty upbeat. Maybe it’s that after a week of agonizing over how to begin the current chapter of my dissertation, it just fell into place and the words flowed.
Maybe it’s that Bruce is in town and amid all the activities, I will get to hobnob with some blogger readers and conservative friends. Or maybe it’s just my nature.
But, something struck me (yet again) while pounding away on the Stairmaster before heading out to the Reagan Library. I looked up at the television monitors in front of me. And when I wasn’t enjoying Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, I was watching Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) whine about something or other. This career politician who represents an overwhelmingly Democratic district (he succeeded Chuckles Schumer for whom he once worked) presumed to warm Republicans about how the “Teabaggers” (at least that was the word on the closed captioning) threatened to divide our party. (How would a guy who’s spent his life in the Democratic Party have a clue about the GOP?)
(Hey, Anthony, how come our party was united in opposition to Obamacare when your party lost one-eighth of its caucus. Doesn’t look like GOP division to me.)
It wasn’t just Weiner’s juvenile rhetoric which struck me, it was also his dour demeanor. Like his far less attractive counterpart from the Bay State, he just doesn’t seem very happy whenever I catch him on the tube. (Guess the glow wore off right after he kissed Bart Stupak.) Nancy Pelosi seems to have put her smile on with her special make-up on Sunday, but has since lost the kit. She doesn’t seem very happy any more. And it’s not just the Speaker from San Francisco. Whenever you turn to the tube and see Democrats on screen, they just don’t seem unhappy.
Even after the passage of Obamacare. And that’s what struck me about Weiner yesterday. I had noticed the glum faces before, but thought it was because they didn’t have the votes for the health care overhaul. But, by Friday it had passed, Weiner’s party achieved a big victory legislatively and yet he’s still mad at Republicans, his party still on the warpath, eager to portray us in a negative light and elevate the most baseless allegations as if they’re gospel truth. It’s as if the battle (that they won) is still ongoing.
If they were so confident the political tide would turn in their favor if they passed this — as they promised repeatedly in the days, week and months before the vote (as the plan’s poll numbers plummeted), why do they need show how mean-spirited and bigoted Republicans are? If their plan’s so good, why don’t they just promote it on its merits? (And leave the Republicans out of this?)
And then you look at Republicans. Even after Obamacare passed. At first, some seemed glum, others morose, yet, as the shock wore off, their countenances began to change, they seemed confident, resolved to roll up their sleeves and begin the hard work of repeal and real reform.
Just going by the way the various Congressmen carry themselves on TV, you’d think the Republicans were the ones who were winning and the Democrats suffering a string of defeats. Turn off the volume and watch for yourself. The Republicans seem confident, upbeat, smiling. The Democrats seem gloomy, angry, scowling. Not all of course. (Rachel Maddow is the exception which proves the rule.)
But, go watch video of Barney Frank (D-Romper Room) sometime (okay, I know that’s not a pleasant task) and you’ll see why I regularly describe him as “unhappy.” He also seems angry as if someone just snatched a cookie from his hands. And then look at the much (in the MSM) maligned Michelle Bachman. Or Paul Ryan. Or Sarah Palin.
Maybe the anger of the Democrats suggests that they have more fight in them. But, the resolve of the Republicans givesme hope that they mean to move repeal and won’t rest until they succeed.
Some of my conservative friends are more gloomy than I. They don’t think repeal is possible. But, I see a spirit in my fellow conservatives–and our representatives in Washington — that I have not seen in a long time, a long time. Maybe I’m reading too much in their faces.
But, then again, I’m an optimist. It’s in my nature.