In 1956 both parties nominated likeable individuals who conveyed trustworthiness.
In 2016 neither party has.
As for Eisenhower – although there is much in his presidency to admire his errors of omission and commission were legion.
During his two terms from Guatemala to Iran the CIA overthrew governments – plotted assassinations and embraced unsavory right-wing dictators — in effect planting a series of IEDs destined eventually to blow up in the face of Ike’s various successors.
Meanwhile – binging on nuclear weapons the Pentagon accumulated an arsenal far beyond what even Eisenhower as commander-in-chief considered prudent or necessary.
In addition during his tenure in office the military-industrial complex became a rapacious juggernaut – an entity unto itself as Ike himself belatedly acknowledged.
By no means least of all Eisenhower fecklessly committed the United States to an ill-fated project of nation-building in a country that just about no American had heard of at the time: South Vietnam.
Ike did give the nation eight years of relative peace and prosperity but at a high price — most of the bills coming due long after he left office.