In the week leading up to the New Hampshire primary, a few GOP candidates put forth a strong, positive, optimistic message of economic growth. Donald Trump did it, and it contributed to his landslide. John Kasich did it, and he surged to second place. Jeb Bush put his best growth foot forward, and he nearly took third place. Others, not so much, and their numbers sagged.
Growth is the number-one issue of this presidential campaign -- even beating out national security, which is, of course, very important.
As Wall Street Journal columnist Bill McGurn recently put it, "A growing economy means a growing standard of living ... That translates into more dreams fulfilled for more Americans, whether that means a college degree, a home in a decent neighborhood, or just the certainty that your children will do even better than you did."
In other words, strong economic growth leads to aspirational confidence for all people, but particularly the middle class, which is in revolt.
Charles Murray has written about a beleaguered working class, telling us that it is falling away. They are angry at the so-called ruling class. They are getting a smaller bite of the economic pie, which itself is barely growing.