Is American greatness a relic of the past or a reality of the present?
If Republicans fumble this fundamental question and become the party of gripes and gloom, they will blow their chance of 2016 victory and imperil the party’s long-term survival. The American people might feel deeply dissatisfied with governmental gridlock and political corruption, but they remain surprisingly positive about their personal circumstances.
Why, then, do pundits prattle so persistently about the seething rage of the electorate, and how did anger-candidate Donald Trump decisively defeat his innumerable GOP rivals? News media messages certainly shaped the outcome: TV journalists don’t function as a news business; they’re part of the bad news business. Crime, natural disasters and dire predictions make for more riveting broadcasts than reports on happy families and functional schools. In the same way, the boisterous indignation of the Trump campaign dominated the media menu with the candidate’s impassioned laments over national decline; the presumptive nominee drew far more news time than his 16 Republican opponents combined….