America’s sour mood gives a false impression of its state

The one thing every politician knows is that sunny defeats cloudy, writes Jacob Weisberg
Republican Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan hands autographed campaign poster to unidentified supporter during stop in Pasadena, California, Tuesday, May 27, 1980. Reagan, a former California governor, is campaigning for his home state’s on June 3 primary. (AP Photo/Zeboski)
Ronald Reagan's 'Morning in America' campaign conveyed optimism © AP

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agreed about almost nothing in their first presidential debate, but on one point their views seemed strangely harmonious. Neither of them chose to describe anything resembling a bright future for the US.