In the wake of Reagan, the Bush-Cheney campaign has increased its mendacious effort to claim the mantle of optimism as exclusive Republican property. On June 1st, John Kerry put out an advertisement titled "Optimists" [Press Release], Bush-Cheney countered with a negative ad titled "Pessimism" [Press Release; "Facts"].
But it has been difficult to detect George W. Bush's optimism. He has run on fear, constantly evoking the threat of catastrophic terrorism, mushroom clouds in American cities, the ruination of the economy without his tax cuts.
Luckily, Dana Milbank clarifies: "All News is Good News." Their "optimism" is simply trampling truth in a stampede of unicorns. Simply deny the problem, have faith that God's plan is for the best.