Charles C.W. Cooke in NRO:
It is a rare and happy day on which I shed my well-worn Eeyore outfit and clothe myself instead in optimism and in buoyancy, but today is one of those days. Having recently read the self-audits that a handful of my fellowwriters have been brave enough to undertake, I cast a cold eye over my own output during the past twelve months, and I was rather struck that the vast majority of the things that I got wrong were things that I would have liked to have got wrong. That is to say that my erroneous predictions were more or less the product of too much reflexive gloom rather than of too much confidence. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
One of the first and best comments I read on Ricochet was just after the 2012 election. I don't remember who wrote it, but the paraphrase was: "The beauty of pessimism is that you are always happy. If you were right, you can be happy because you were right. If you were wrong, you can be happy because you were wrong."
Derb made similar arguments in We Are Doomed.
What say you Ricochet? Optimism or pessimism?