Conservative politics in America has been consumed by media and propaganda. The concrete functions of political institutions — providing services, programs, and so on to constituents — have been ignored or forgotten by a growing number of Republican politicians, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who tried to flee to Mexico while his state was being crushed by a winter storm and massive power outages.
This absence may be the least-noticed political vulnerability of the Republican Party. Propaganda is indeed very powerful, but material action also pays political benefits, particularly when times are tough. Democrats should do big, popular things, and attack Republicans for failing to support them.