“Am I ready to be president?” An alarming number of Americans are asking themselves this question, and, after a quick look in the mirror, deciding that the answer is yes. It is a large legion of astonishingly raw talent whose names we’ve never heard of and perhaps can’t pronounce.
They can’t wait to throw their hats in the proverbial ring. A bell goes off in their heads, and they begin forming exploratory committees. Losers from lower-level races imagine finding redemption as presidential wannabes. From tweets and selfie videos come presidential contenders. In no time, they are on the royal road, schmoozing the nameless kingmakers of Iowa and holding hands with Stephen Colbert.
Image: “Our future president” (c.1867),
from this source.