That someone who is so optimistic about the upcoming elections is Michael Novak. He is convinced that, all MSM huffery and puffery to the contrary, the Republicans will retain control in Washington. He paints a compelling picture of a political mindset that, although touting itself as "reality-based" remains unmoved by actual reality:
My belief is that the Left has not yet learned the lessons of 1989. They have not learned that big government cannot make an economy inventive, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. The Left is still a party of, well, not quite socialists, but certainly a party of anti-capitalists. They haven’t learned a thing from Reagan, Thatcher, George W., and massive evidence all around the world. They still don’t understand why cutting tax rates ends up bringing in huge growths of tax revenues from the rich. They believe in punishing the rich. Republicans believe in letting the rich invent and risk and gain more income, from which the country gains twofold — first, by the jobs, inventions, and new national wealth that follow from that creativity and “animal spirits”; second, by the gusher of new tax revenues that come from soaking the rich the right way.
Today’s Democrats are wrong on the “people v. profits” populism they keep championing. They are wrong on “the people vs. the powerful” narrative that the resentment-filled Bob Shrum types keep foisting on them.
The Left no longer believes we should “pay any price, bear any burden” in the cause of liberty all around the world. The Left no longer believes in winning every war we get into. They no longer identify with the police or the grunts in the military — they identify with Butch Cassidy and Sundance. The Left has chosen to align itself with the chatterati and the glitterati and the rich, who make their money by selling illusions. The Left is filled up to here with illusions.
Ultimately, in an essentially optimistic America, Novak feels that the Left, which focuses on doom, gloom, ugliness and despair, will not reach the American people. Let's hope he's right. I may not be thrilled with the big-spending Republicans in Congress right now, but I still think they're better than the alternative.