The GOP's missing ingredient is optimism

The thing to remember about the cataract of woe that has befallen our country is how fast things can be turned around.

We may be in retreat overseas, with riots simmering in Missouri and the economy stuck in second gear.

With the right policies, the right leadership, all that can be overcome. It can be turned around, and fast — a fact we’re not hearing pointedly enough for my taste.

I like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio. But none of the GOP contenders is capturing this simple point — that we can pull out of this dive quickly.