David Brooks, with his usual perspicacity, advances the proposition that the American people must decide whether they want leaders who are honest idiots, or leaders who are clever liars. Because he has been to see a movie recently, he believes this question has something to do with the Battle of Thermopylae.
When we Americans pick a leader, we usually look for the Leonidas type: direct, faithful and upright. We usually pick someone we hope is uplifting. Especially since Watergate, Americans have sought presidents uncorrupted by capital intrigue…But I wonder if this will be the election in which voters seek out a Themistocles, an election in which they put aside dreams of finding somebody pure and good, and select somebody they think will be wily and effective.
Hm. On the other hand, what if we tried exchanging our current leader, who is a lying idiot, for somebody smart and honest? Several candidates come to mind, though none who happen to be Republicans.