Yesterday GOP chairman Michael Steele hosted a luncheon (what, exactly, does the "eon" add to that? Does it serve to indicate the length of the event?) on reforming the GOP so that it can snap its ongoing losing streak. While discussing their favorite boogeyman, Steele described President Obama saying "He's young, he's cool, he's hip, he's got a good-looking family -- what's not to like?"
That's just it, Mr Chairman. It's not about being liked. It's about being respected, fulfilling promises and accomplishing things that benefit the American people - three areas where the party of Gingrich, Limbaugh and, well, you have been batting exactly 0.0 lately. This isn't a popularity contest. Even American Idol throws in a bit of talent. But you don't get that. Your team flings mud, roadblocks and insults. You're stuck in middle school while the rest of us are looking at graduation.
Sure popularity is helpful but we had a popular guy in the White House for eight years and his incompetence was almost unbounded. Popularity wins you nothing but popularity contests. Popularity for its own sake (also known as "celebrity" - sound familiar?) fails.
Until you realize that Americans are far smarter and more perceptive than you think, you're going to keep losing followers, respect and elections.