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Seems Paul Ryan shares Ronald Reagan’s incurable optimism

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.



  1. One of the many of the things that is going to help bring this country together, I believe! The left is spewing their garbage and Mr. Ryan is sitting back with a huge and genuine smile on his face! Love it!

    Comment by Richard WIthee — August 15, 2012 @ 2:20 am - August 15, 2012

  2. As someone who was in high school in the 70’s, and someone who worked a full-time job while in high school, I well remember the contrast between the candidates in the 1980 election. One candidate chastised America for greatness, while the other embraced it. I couldn’t vote in that election, but I damn sure did in 1984, and it wasn’t for Mondale.

    People, not just Americans, want reassurances that they are good. The current President goes out of his way to denigrate the people that make this country work, and make it great. People want strong leaders who share their values. I’m cautiously optimistic about the R^2 ticket.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — August 15, 2012 @ 3:29 am - August 15, 2012

  3. This election will be about ideas — not rock-star excitement or vague, vapid feelings. It will be the most idea-driven election since 1980. This is good news for the GOP if they can capitalize on it. The addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket is excellent news in this regard, because he is an idea guy.

    Nobody with an I.Q. greater than their shoe size really cares anymore that Obama sings on late-night talk shows, or that he’s the first Black president, or that he (says he) likes gays. And many of the morons don’t vote. The news keeps getting better all the time.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 15, 2012 @ 4:12 am - August 15, 2012

  4. Is it just me or have the trolls retreated back under their bridges? Maybe their fax machines are broken and they’re waiting for their new DNC talking points?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — August 15, 2012 @ 2:52 pm - August 15, 2012

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