Asking whether “Incurable Optimism” is A Genetic Trait, Glenn Reynolds quips, “IF SO, MAYBE IT REALLY IS INCURABLE“. Ronald Reagan too thought optimism was incurable as manifested by his delight in repeating the story about the man who had two sons, one an incurable optimist, the other an incurable pessimist.
As I recall when I heard Paul Ryan speak at the
sacred shrine of freedom Reagan Library, he offered the optimistic son’s concluding comment, expressing his certainty that there just had to be a pony in that pile of horse manure.
Methinks that’s one thing which makes the fetching Wisconsin Republican such a compelling candidate; he knows the Gipper’s tales and shares his optimism.
Yes, optimism does seem to be incurable. And it does seem more Republicans than Democrats share this affliction with the Gipper — and with Mr. Ryan.