Michael Barone, oft lauded on this page, has an advantage over other journalists. As the principal coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics, he deals in facts--lots of them--not impressions.
Today he writes that things are far from the dreadful state represented by the sum of recent MSM news coverage. Iraq is improving, Arab reform movements are breaking out over the Middle East, the American economy is robust despite recent challenges, Japan is again prospering, India and China are moving forward the economic status of more than a third of the world's population, North Korea is nearing an agreement on nukes, etc.
We add that the Yankees and Red Sox are cooking up another classic ending to the baseball season, the Bengals have won thrice decisively in as many tries, Oscar Treadwell is back on the air, in the morning good quality English Breakfast tea never tasted better with a spot of milk, the weather is slowly taking a welcome turn away from heat and humidity, and Mrs. SWNID is more beautiful and charming than ever.
So these are the facts. They justify Barone's optimism. SWNID concurs.