Rich Karlgaard, borrowing from Virigina Postrel, writes that there are two types of politicians: problem-solvers and "opportunity seekers". Opportunity seekers don't fix typewriters; they invent word processors. And
Republicans will continue to win elections if they appeal to opportunity seekers. They'll get trounced if they overreact to today's polls and decide they must trade their opportunity-seeking philosophy for problem solving. America wants its political leaders to be optimistic about the future. We want to be shown the possibilities and opportunities--bold races to the moon, shining cities on a hill and bridges to the future. Politicians lose when they focus on problems.