Why is the GOP so much worse at making the kids smile?
The Democrats have their own set of ills: They’re still trying to be likable.
Democrats have a long way to go to be considered likable in a presidential year that, like it or not, has left Republicans’ image as the party of cynicism.
The Democratic Party’s woes go back decades, and the problem extends to the party’s image in many ways.
The Republican Party, on the other hand, has a long, long history of making a comeback.
The GOP is now the dominant party in many parts of the country, and its reputation as the most likable is not just a matter of the way it conducts itself.
Rather, it’s a matter, as historian Michael Kinsley wrote, of “a relentless insistence on the image of the bad guy, the outsider, the victim, and a sense of entitlement that has long served as a template for the party.”
That’s what makes it so difficult for the GOP to be liked.
It’s also what makes the GOP’s image as a party that’s just not as bad as Democrats’ so much more difficult to pin down.
The party is in a bit of a bad spot.
In this new era of populism, the GOP is at a crossroads.
The party’s reputation has been tarnished by its failure to act as a true defender of the middle class and working families, and as a leader on social issues.
And it’s been tarnishingly tarnished on other fronts.
The Tea Party movement and Donald Trump’s candidacy have fueled resentment and distrust among some conservatives.
But Trump is a Democrat.
He’s a centrist.
And he’s popular with many Americans.
This doesn’t mean the GOP can’t continue to build a broader coalition of people who share those concerns and are willing to be willing to vote for a party whose policies they think are in line with them.
Even if the GOP does regain the White House in 2020, it won’t be able to fully regain the image it’s built over the past several decades.
If the Republican Party is to regain its reputation in the minds of many Americans, it needs to do a better job of talking about how its policies would help the middle-class and working-class Americans that have been left behind by the economy and globalism.
That’s a big ask for a movement that was once hailed as a beacon of hope.
It’s no wonder the GOP has struggled to do just that.