by Daniel Engber, published April 24, 2018 article By DAVID BIRCHLEY, Associated Press The new generation of American politics is not exactly being called a bunch of losers.
Instead, the new generation is being called on to explain how they came to be in power.
The Republicans are the ones to blame, the Democrats are the beneficiaries of a long-standing trend that has allowed their own party to be swept into power.
A decade ago, the Republicans could be called on by a handful of conservative commentators to explain their stunning electoral defeat in 2010.
Now, the party’s leaders are being urged by a group of progressive analysts to explain what went wrong and how they might reverse it.
The question is whether the new crop of conservatives will be able to convince voters that their party can be the party of the middle class, as they promised in their election manifestos.
A number of new polls are now suggesting that the electorate has moved in a more centrist direction, suggesting that this shift could have a large impact on the 2020 election.
There is some hope that the new GOP, which is still the party in power, will be more willing to admit mistakes in the way it conducts itself and to correct the mistakes made.
But there is also the possibility that the party will still be able, as in the past, to claim that it is a party of working-class voters and a party that fights for the middle and working classes.
For now, the question is what the next generation of Republican politicians will say about it.
Some have already offered the usual excuses.
They say they are the party that got us here.
That is true.
But their party also failed.
The last time that happened was in 2012.
And the Republicans are still stuck in the midterms.
If they want to be taken seriously, they need to show more ability to change the narrative of this election.
They should be talking about how they took over Congress and re-elected Barack Obama, instead of about how their party lost in 2010 and again in 2020.
They need to do better at explaining why they lost, instead a party they now blame for its own failure.
The next generation is also being asked to explain why they did not make better use of their incumbency, or if they should have.
A lot of them do not even believe they lost.
The first generation has been in power for a decade.
The second generation has barely been born.
If the new Republican politicians are going to be trusted to explain things that have been happening to them, they might want to start with the first generation and ask them to explain.
It would be nice if they would.