Jeb Bush is not angry; he just wants to change things (education, immigration). Maybe that is not going to cut it in today’s GOP. But consider whether a demeanor devoid of anger and victimization is more likely to attract an electoral majority. Reagan’s sunny outlook was preferable to the dour Jimmy Carter. George W. Bush was the guy people wanted to have a beer with, not the stiff Al Gore or the pompous John Kerry.
Maybe in 2016 it will be the candidate without rancor, not the candidate carrying around the grievances of the preceding eight years, who will find favor with voters. Time and again, Americans have shown themselves to be forward-looking and optimistic.