[A]ll the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre--the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
This is a great quote about the mindset of the electorate. When I first read it, I thought it was written recently. But when I got to the end I found it was written in 1920 by H.L. Mencken. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Thanks to Andrew Sullivan.