The Corner

Re: Perspective

Always too grim? Well, it seems as though more of our readers are panicking about these useless alleged exit-poll numbers than we are. As for excess negativity in general: We were right about the political impact of the president’s State of the Union address this year and the debates–if anything, we were too upbeat. And we were right to judge the president’s convention speech a success, as we also did in 2000.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.