Rich: GOP Ceding Reagan Optimism to Obama

Frank Rich wonders, with Rachel Maddow, why the GOP has abandoned Reagan optimism, leaving it to Obama to seize.

I mean, Paul Ryan‘s speech basically said, except for national defense, and apparently, preventing abortion, there was no point to a federal government. You know, he even said that the safety net could turn into a hammock for the lazy and indolent Americans who don‘t deserve it.

So, it was the most stripped down, pared down bunker version of government versus a—you know, a centrist version of essentially Democratic governance, that was not the era of big government is over or anything like that.